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In Shakespeare's time, relationship values were far different to what they are today.

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GCSE Romeo and Juliet

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In Shakespeare's time, relationship values were far different to what they are today. Whether the relationships are linked in blood or just physical lust, certain actions or points of view were, and still are, held dear - whereas others would be completely inexcusable. Today's society, however, which is more strongly based on freedom, has no such problem, as people are free to do as they please(legitimately). Shakespeare wrote a play that revolved around the values which were as interlocked with society as they are today. In the play Romeo and Juliet, several relationships are subject to change, mainly due to the 'breach of values' boundaries; but none so much as Juliet's relationship with her father - Capulet. The severity of the change may be due to multitudinous reasons: - clash of character, i.e. Capulet's domineering nature and Juliet's spontaneous streak, the fact that a (supposedly ancient) hatred and repulsion of the Montague family has been broken, or even because the whole scenario stands against Capulet's non-permissive attitude. All are possibilities, but there must be a more exacted reason.

Act 1 Scene 2 is the first time the father-daughter relationship is referred to in the text. This is the

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