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Romeo and juliet

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Introduction

Explore the roles of parents in" Romeo and Juliet " The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is the result of feuding between two noble families in Verona. The Montague and Capulet families were two major rivals. They were involved in a family feud that went back years before any of the members were born. Yet the feud still continued due to the fact that neither family was ready to forgive and forget the past. Romeo and Juliet had to keep their love secret from the families because if their secret was exposed they would be stopped from seeing one another and this would cause a lot of depression for both Romeo and Juliet. By their secret being exposed there could be fighting of the families which would cause traumatic disruption to the whole of the city in which both families lived in. This suggests that their relationship with their parents is very distant and as because their relationship is like this, it makes it harder for their parents to understand their feelings. Relationships between parents and children at the time at which the play was set were very different from today, children of that time weren't as close with their parents as they are nowadays particularly if they were wealthy and powerful families, they would be busy in their work and business. Children from noble families were often brought up by a 'wet nurse' whose job was to breast feed the child due to breast feeding a child was a very difficult job or then the mother of the child was too busy with work. ...read more.

Middle

In Act I, scene iii Lady Capulet asks Juliet what she thinks about getting married. Juliet replies that she has not given it any thought. Lady Capulet observes that she gave birth to Juliet when she was almost Juliet's current age. She excitedly continues that Juliet must begin to think about marriage because the Paris has expressed an interest in her. Juliet replies that she will look upon Paris at the feast to see if she might love him. The nurse and Juliet have a very close relationship with each other and very different to the one Juliet has with her mother, this is mainly because the nurse is not only Juliet's nurse but she was her wet nurse which makes their bond even more stronger because she was given a lot of love and care from the nurse. The nurse speaks in blank verse and prose because she is not important in this play after all she is only a nurse and not somebody special in the society. Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet have very different attitudes towards Juliet. Lord Capulet seems very calm and patient where as lady Capulet is very impatient and wants Juliet to get married off quickly. In many ways both Romeo and Juliet are much closer to friar Laurence and the nurse respectively. This is because in each of their ways they both have spent a lot of time with Romeo & Juliet this would make them both very close to either of them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet and the nurse's relationship takes a turn when the nurse tells Juliet to forget about Romeo and to think about getting married to Paris which would be best for Juliet and that Romeo is just a "dish clout" compared to Paris. Juliet pretends to obey her father's wish of her getting married to Paris and when telling her father this she is lying; this shows a great change to Juliet's language and behaviour. At the beginning of the play Juliet wouldn't ever thought of lying to her parents but this shows that she has matured and is taking drastic behaviour to get to the one she loves. The roles of the parents in Romeo and Juliet show the real relationships of how parents and children were. The Montague parents and the Capulet parents were very well presented in the play they showed that in upper class families these things would happen to and not only in other families. The children in this play were shown to be very distant from their families in a lot of ways they had a special person that they would talk to who were not even a part of the family. This influences the play to a more extent. Firstly Juliet changed from obeying her parents to disobeying this shows Shakespeare used change in characteristics. Shakespeare's use of language changes throughout the play also. Lord Capulet's language changed from rhyme' but woo her gentle Paris, get her heart, my will to her consent, is but apart' and changes to mimicry. ...read more.

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