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Romeo and Juliet

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How does Shakespeare show the changing relationship between Juliet and her parents in Act 3 Scene 5? Juliet's relationship with her father at the beginning of the play was not a normal relationship between a father and a daughter in that period of time. Usually there was conflict between father and daughter as in many societies daughters were considered to be regarded as property, to be given marriage to the most suitable man who offers. Lord Capulet is not like this at the beginning of the play, he tells Paris that he considers Juliet to be far too young for marriage and that she is still a child. He asks him for her to have two more summers as a child left before marriage. He is very concerned that many young brides die from childbirth because they have married and had children far too early. "But saying o'er what I have said before: My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years; Let two more summers wither in their pride Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." However, Juliet's relationship with her mother is totally different. ...read more.


"That he shall keep Tybalt Company:" when Lady Capulet is telling Juliet about the marriage that has been arranged she refers to her as her child. "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn, The gallant, young and noble gentleman, The County Paris, at Saint Peter's church, Shall make thee a joyful bride." She warns Juliet that he will not be at all pleased and thinks that she knows how he will react. Lady Capulet tells Lord Capulet the news grudgingly and she knows what his response will be. She lets him know that she disapproves. "I would the fool were married to her grave!" this is irony. Lady Capulet's parting words to Juliet after Juliet has pleaded with her are orders and demands and she disowns her like Lord Capulet. "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word: Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee." She confirms what Lord Capulet says. Shakespeare manipulates the audiences reaction to Juliet throughout this exchange is how Juliet kept talking to the audience as well as the characters on stage. And because the audience have more insight than most of the characters, their reaction is more sympathetic towards Juliet. ...read more.


Wife, we scarce thought us blest That God had lent us but this only child; But now I see this one is too much, And that we have a curse in having her. Out on her, hilding!" The nurse tries to calm him down and tries to defend Juliet with a brave outburst even though she is horrified. Lord Capulet turns on to the Nurse instead, and he hurls insults at the Nurse instead. Lord Capulet is irrational because he is so angry. Finally he has no other witty remarks so he has one last huge rant at Juliet. It is jagged and broken up. There are mostly single syllable words and it is choppy. He creates a picture of a perfect Paris, and then contrasts him to Juliet. He mimics Juliet so as to humiliate her. There are again, more orders and more commands. "To have her match'd: and having now provided A gentleman of noble parentage, Of fair demesnes, youthful, and nobly train'd, Stuff'd, as they say, with honourable parts, Proportion'd as one's thought would wish a man; And then to have a wretched puling fool, A whining mammet, in her fortune's tender, To answer 'I'll not wed; I cannot love, I am too young! I pray you, pardon me.'" ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Keast 10Z ...read more.

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