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Relationships between Parents and Children in Romeo and Juliet

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ROMEO AND JULIET CW The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is the result of two noble families' bitter war on each other in the historic Italian city of Verona. Romeo and Juliet loved each other. They had to keep their romance a secret from their families (Montague and Capulet) because they were afraid that when the two families found out about their romance that a war would start between the two families hence many deaths would occur. This suggests that their relationship with their parents would obviously be formal and distant. Relationships between parents and children in the time the play was set were very different from the relationship parents and children share today. Back then, in rich and powerful families for example; children were usually raised by their 'wet nurses' because the parents were important people who had to socialise often and had no spare time to raise their children whereas in this current time children are raised by their birth parents no matter their social status or they are sent to foster homes /adoption if they are not wanted. ...read more.


This then means that they must further separate their connections to their parents so that they won't find out about their relationship. Juliet's relationship with her father is strictly formal. Juliet's father, Lord Capulet wants Juliet to be married but initially he thinks she is too young. This can partly be seen in the quote "My child is yet a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years". This tells us that Lord Capulet feels Juliet hasn't seen enough of the world and the changes occurring in the world to be marrying at 14 years of age. On the other hand, Lord Capulet tells Paris to 'woo' her and 'get her heart'. This can be seen in the quote "But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart; My will to her consent is but a part". This shows that he has changed his mind about her marrying at a young age and is for it now but on the other hand he has told Paris to Woo her so he wants her to marry but an arranged marriage. ...read more.


This quote shows us the wet nurse is encouraging Juliet to marry Paris, stating her life would be better with him although initially she was supporting her relationship with Romeo. The wet nurse uses sweet talk as in metaphors and similes to persuade Juliet, such as ' he's a man of wax' and ' a man as all the world'. The nurse uses better methods than Lady Capulet to convince Juliet to marry Paris; the nurse uses sweet and gentle talk while Lady Capulet uses fierce and direct commands which is why Juliet listens to the nurse. Juliet's relationship with her parents is very formal. Juliet does not get a say in what's going on. Juliet's attitude with her father contains more of a scare factor compared to her relationship with her mother. As Lord Capulet is a noble and powerful man, he expects his daughter Juliet to follow his order in which Juliet does so. This can be seen in the quote from Capulet "Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face" . This quote shows us that ...read more.

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