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Romeo and Juliet- " At first sight it seems that the world in Romeo and Juliet is a man's world.... However the female characters are by far the stronger."

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Introduction

" At first sight it seems that the world in Romeo and Juliet is a man's world.... However the female characters are by far the stronger." How far do you agree with this comment? Romeo and Juliet has many characters which intrigue us and gets us personally involved with them. Shakespeare focuses on the strength of the characters throughout the play. Throughout the play we start to learn what each characters individual strength is. Strength is seen throughout the play in different ways due to the many different definitions of strength. Characters such as Lady Capulet show emotional strength where as Capulet shows physical strength. ...read more.

Middle

Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona where men have more freedom and more power than the women. Some of the male characters such as Capulet use more than one attribute of their personality to get what they want. In Capulet's case he uses blackmail as one of his strengths which often gets him what he wants. An example would be when he wants Juliet to marry Paris in Act 1 Scene 2. He tells his daughter that unless she agrees to marry Paris he will disown her. Capulet is manipulative and knows that Juliet is the perfect daughter and will not upset him at the risk of losing his love as a father. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is to do with keeping his reputation for being strong and being able to stand up for himself. However his bad temper soon causes trouble and he is killed by Romeo. This is unusual for Romeo as it is not his physical strength that he used in the play. He uses his emotions to express himself. An example of this is when he declares his love for Rosaline. Mercutio and Benvolio however dare Romeo to gatecrash the party at the Capulet mansion so he can see Rosaline. It is Romeos emotions that control him and when he does kill Tybalt and Paris it is to save his own life to be with Juliet and to stop the feuding all together not merely because he was trying to be the typical alpha-male. ...read more.

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