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Romeo and Juleit

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Romeo and Juliet Describe the relationship between Juliet and her mother in act 1 scene 3. 'Romeo and Juliet' was set in the 16th century in a city called Verona, in northern Italy. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers". In the play there are two families, the Capulets and the Montagues, they were at a kind of bitter war with each other, but Romeo and Juliet's "untimely deaths" unite their feuding households. In Elizabethan times the society was much different than it is today. For one, men were much more important than women were, the men had entire control over the household and the women and children would have to follow his rules, this is known a patriarchal society. It was also normal for children to be obedient; this was down to how strictly they were brought up. It was also acceptable for teenaged girls to get married, usually arranged by their father. Lord and Lady Capulet have a distant but loving relationship with their daughter, Juliet. ...read more.


Even though the nurse isn't Juliet's mother she feels more like than Lady Capulet does. Lady Capulet doesn't call Juliet by her name instead she calls her daughter which is also very formal. When Lady Capulet tells the nurse to leave the room so she can speak to Juliet in private, she then changes her mind and asks her to come back, I gather from this that she feels uncomfortable to talk to Juliet in private and that she doesn't want to talk to her. She also says 'thou knowst my daughter of a pretty age' which suggest that she doesn't even know her own daughters age, but the nurse knows Juliet birthday down to the hour which she states it is on Lammas eve (31st of July) then she goes in to great detail about her growing up, this just shows that Lady Capulet is very distant from her daughter. In this scene Lady Capulet is talking about Juliet getting married to Paris. She calls him 'Valiant' this suggests that she is trying to sell Paris to Juliet so she will agree to get married. ...read more.


This is very obedient, she is willing to try and love someone because her parents want her to and she also still talks to her mother politely and formal, but it will changes when she meets Romeo. Lady Capulet doesn't seem that close to Juliet in this scene the relationship between them seems cold and very distant which is shown mainly by the use of their formal language towards each other, rather than an informal, friendly atmosphere that an audience of today would expect in this society with parents and their children. Lady Capulet doesn't seem to care what Juliet thinks about marriage, she just orders her about which also suggests that they aren't close at all. The audience of the day would have found it normal that a mother wasn't close to their child as I said before they were brought up by nannies or servants so they didn't spend quality time together to build a relationship with each other. A 21st century audience would have been shocked at this because they are used to most children getting on with their parents and living in a friendly and loving atmosphere. ...read more.

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