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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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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. In Romeo's case, we see this being overlooked. There has been a change in her manner and character after her marriage. She becomes rebellious; possibly resenting the fact that her scope of choice had been torn from her, replaced by the decision of her father. ...read more.

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He creates a lot of drama through the play with his strong and dramatic language. His lines were written to show he is an important figurehead and is in control of everything in the house. He seemed to have two extremes of personality depending when he was being questioned or if it was affecting him greatly. At the end of this scene, both audiences of today and of centuries gone by would share the opinion that Capulet is an affectionate man, for he does not automatically 'condemn' Juliet to life with Paris, but suggests that Paris should go to a party that night; to see all of the girls (comparing them to "stars" as if to 'wean' him off Juliet). Then, if he still desires Juliet most of all, he should "woo her", and "get her heart". The first time we encounter Juliet, she is obedient and willing to do as her parents wished. This would be something that fathers of Shakespeare's day could relate to, as this would have been what they would expect of their daughters. This is in stark contrast to the parents of today, as they would be used to the ways of a modern teenager. Her attitude to her parents seems to be respectful. When called she requires, "Madam...what is your will". Notice that she addresses her mother as "Madam", rather than 'mother' or any other terminology. ...read more.

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The audience's sympathy for Capulet starts to decline. Juliet's attitude towards her parents changes at this point from Act I, scene iii. Now we see her in a new light. She has long passages of speech which could mean that she is frantic with grief; she may also be trying to take control of her own life. She is scared and afraid of losing Romeo, so much so, that she said "I long to die". She is adamant that she will not marry Paris; "...bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,/From off the battlements of any tower". Juliet grew up with the nurse by her side all the time. The nurse was more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet ever was. Romeo's parents cared for him much deeper than Juliet's did for her. His mother was always worried or concerned about where he was and what he was doing, hoping he wouldn't get caught up in any trouble. Shakespeare also shows paternal love to go along with the others in the text. I guess that you could say that their was a bit of love from Juliet's parents towards her in that they only wanted what they thought was best for her as well as getting what they want at the same time. They imagine that Juliet would be happy living her life with Paris, although Lady Capulet was much more loving than her husband was. Romeo and Juliet is a story purely based on love. ...read more.

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