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In his play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare explores the relationship between parent and child. Compare the relationship Capulet has with his daughter, Juliet at the start of the play, with the relationship he has after she has secretly married Romeo

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Draft 2: Shakespeare-Romeo and Juliet Title: In his play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare explores the relationship between parent and child. Compare the relationship Capulet has with his daughter, Juliet at the start of the play, with the relationship he has after she has secretly married Romeo. Which character do you think Shakespeare intends his audience to sympathise with? Would a modern audience react in the same way? Juliet and her father, Capulet, have a very unequal relationship, with the father being the dominant , authorative figure of the two. In Shakespeare's time, the father would have been expected to control his daughter. Juliet, confronted with the idea of marriage was given a 'scope of choice' by here father of possible husbands. This, contrasting to other parents of the day would be quite atypical. It would seem as though Capulet is being pleasant, even lenient towards his daughter. To an audience of today, it would seem as though Capulet could be cordial, a chip in intimidating exterior. In order to marry Juliet, a perspective husband would have had to ask permission from the father. ...read more.

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This may be as a result of the family's financial capabilities. A nurse has been paid to do what the [modern day] mother should. However, at the time it would have been common practice for wealthy families to employ a nurse. This leads to Lady Capulet ignoring her daughter so they do not know much about each other. The nurse and Juliet are so close that Nurse can "tell the age unto an hour". This is enforced by the fact that the nurse is Juliet's sole confidant when she gets betrothed to Romeo. Act I Scene v helps us to understand the hatred that the Capulets have over the Montague family. When Tybalt informs Capulet that Romeo has 'gate crashed' the party, he is seething with anger. Capulet (drunk and in good spirits) is quite irritated with Tybalt when told and tells him to "let him [Romeo] alone" incase he ruins the party. This portrays Capulet not as an aggressive man, but quite the opposite. After Tybalt has been killed by Romeo; Capulet, who had once been willing to let Juliet chose her own husband, tells his wife to, "Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love". ...read more.

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She would know the consequences of her doing this. We feel sorry for her, as we see her in such an awkward position. Juliet, with no other possibilities, is forced to agree to Friar Lawrence's desperate plan. In her eyes, it would prove risky, but worth it if accomplished. In the play, Shakespeare tries to put forward the image that feuds within the family must be let do grow momentum under any circumstance. In this case, we see that eventually, these arguments act as a catalyst working against us. In the play, two tragic deaths occur; in modern times though, divorce is the main contribution to the break up of families. A modern day audience's view will differ from the view of an audience from Shakespeare's time. Today, we empathise with Juliet because her 'terrible' father (as we would portray him now). However, society has changed since Shakespeare's day. The audience then would think that Juliet has a defiant streak, and would sympathise with Capulet for having this disobedient daughter whose actions eventually lead to the destruction of her, her lover and her family. The one good thing that comes out of this, is the bringing together of the Montague and Capulet families, insuring that another tragedy would not happen again. Ben Jones ...read more.

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