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Romeo and Juliet Essay By Oliver Green

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Essay: the relationship between Capulet and Juliet One of the main themes in the play Romeo and Juliet is that of the generation gap between the young and the old. The younger generation have new and innovative ways of doing things, whilst the older generation tend to stick with the traditions they have grown up with. The misunderstanding between the younger and older characters in the play causes many of the dilemmas that the characters face. At the beginning of the play Lord Capulet (also referred to as Capulet) seems an honourable and welcoming character, who is willing to keep the peace between the house of Montague and of his own. When confronted at the start of the play by his son Tybalt about Romeo's gate-crashing of the Capulet's house party he shows a warm and welcoming attitude towards him and says "Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well governed youth", this is a peculiar thing for a Capulet to say about a Montague as there is such a high level of hatred between the two families. ...read more.

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Shakespeare's play contains a great deal of dramatic irony, this gives the play a feeling of suspense as the two characters could get caught at any time. Just after the first fight scene in the play Lady Capulet says to Capulet "A crutch, a crutch". Lady Capulet is implying that Capulet is too old to fight in a younger generation's battle. This is yet another example of age vs youth. Many people would say that another major role in the outcome of the play is the urgency for Romeo and Juliet. In the Jacobean times that average life expectancy would be around the age of 35 and therefore you can see why Capulet is eager to marry off Juliet since she is at an age where she can bear children. We know this as Lady Capulet says "She's not fourteen". Although Lady Capulet is very strict and unforgiving throughout the play I believe that she cares immensely for her daughter and only wants a successful and happy marriage for her. ...read more.

Conclusion

to Paris and that of her committing suicide when she says "And I will....wife to my sweet love" where she is talking about faking her own death just so she can be Romeo's unstained wife. Juliet's character goes through several life changing scenarios in one period of time that you would expect to encounter in a lifetime. This leads me to my conclusion where I can say that Juliet as a character shows great courage, maturity and self-awareness throughout the play. This statement could not be presented in a better example than that of Juliet faking her own death just so she can spend the rest of her life with her true love Romeo. Out of the characters among the play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet stands out as the true survivor although she died as she has overcome so many impediments and yet still matured and matured until she reached the point where she put her love before her well being and sacrificed her life, friends and family to be with her one true love Romeo. Oliver Green 10EZ ...read more.

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