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Juliets relationship with her parents in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Juliet?s Relationship with Her Parents in ?Romeo and Juliet? ?Romeo and Juliet? is a play written by William Shakespeare and is possibly his most renowned piece of work. The play is set during the Elizabethan period when daughters had to marry according to their parents? wishes; males were potentate. A girl was ready to be married as soon as she hit the first stages of puberty. Being considered brash and immature in this fickle stage of their life, it was the fathers? responsibility to choose a suitable individual who could support their daughter and would fit into the family well. If she was to refuse her parents? decision, she would be considered rude and disrespectful and would probably severe any connection between her and her family. There was little a girl could do to refuse marriage and life was extremely unfair in this rudimentary, patriarchal society. At the start of the play it is clear that the relationship between Lord Capulet and his daughter Juliet is that of a loving one. This is portrayed in Act I Scene 2 Line 13-19. ...read more.


Additionally, Shakespeare implements dramatic irony to further embroil the spectators. The fact that the audience knows that Juliet is already clandestinely married, but her father does not, makes the audience feel sympathetic towards Juliet. They suddenly change their perception of Capulet and are left flabbergasted. However, an Elizabethan audience might have actually supported Capulet, understanding the importance of male dominance in a typical household. Furthermore, Juliet?s mother, Lady Capulet, has a miniscule role in the play. It is clear from the way Shakespeare presents her, that she does not share a strong bond with her daughter. When Juliet is being scolded by her father, all Lady Capulet does is make short, curt comments such as ?Fie, fie, what, are you mad?? and ?You are too hot? to ineffectively try and abate Capulet?s anger. This demonstrates the fact that Lady Capulet is unacquainted with Juliet?s persona and therefore, is not ready to openly defend her. However it is important to note that living in a patriarchal society, Lady Capulet would also be afraid to further infuriate her husband by speaking out of turn. ...read more.


In conclusion, it is evident throughout the play that Shakespeare has portrayed the relationship between Juliet and her parents as perplexing and convoluted. At the start of the play, Capulet demonstrates concern and protectiveness for his daughter by refusing to let Paris marry her at an early age. However later on in the play when Juliet refuses to marry Paris he loses all sense and becomes livid, temperamental and callous. Juliet, on the other hand, is forced to refuse the marriage because she is already in love with Romeo, and feels distraught when she is compelled to decline her father?s offer. At the end of the play when Juliet dies, her father is grief-stricken and distraught. He speaks in hollow metaphors such as: ?Death is now my son-in-law? and ?Ready to go, but never to return? demonstrating the excruciating pain he is experiencing. With this information in mind in contrast to Capulet?s behavior in Act 3 Scene 5 it can be induced that Capulet really did care about his daughter?s well-being; he just wanted to give her the best life conceivable. It can be established that throughout the play, the relationship between Juliet and her parents is that of a loving one, however so in an intricate and indistinct manner. Ali Malik 10 Oasis ...read more.

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