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Romeo and Juliet - Fathers and Daughters Essay

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Fathers and Daughters William Shakespeare's play of 'Romeo and Juliet' was set during the Elizabethan times, in a patriarchal society. A patriarchal society was a society which meant that a man or a father would have the absolute rule and power throughout his home and family and that women were subservient to men. Girls were also considered to be the property of their fathers until he would find them a suitable husband which the daughters would then become the property of them. Women were basically forced and expected to get married upon the father's wishes, as it was seen as the best possible outcome for them. They had no choice to whom they married and when they were getting married. However, if women did not agree with their father's decision such as marriage, then they would be ostracised, which meant being banished from the entire family. Before Act 3 Scenes 5, Count Paris asks Capulet for Juliet's hand in marriage. At first, Capulet mentions how Juliet would not be ready to get married as she is still at a young age and that she can only marry him if she agrees to do it. This suggests how he cares and concerns for Juliet; "Let two more summers wither in their pride Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." ...read more.


This gives us more information about the society at the time on how men would generally react when women would disobey them. Capulet aims many violent remarks towards Juliet, insulting her with many violent phrases including; "Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow-face!" Capulet insults and threatens Juliet saying that he will disown her if she does not get married. Capulet is furious and insulted during this point and he also ignores Lady Capulet and the Nurse's attempt to tell him to settle down. Juliet does appreciate Capulet's effort in arranging her marriage with Paris but she does not want to go ahead with it. "Not proud you have, but thankful you have." As Capulet is acting violently, Juliet threatens to kill herself if the marriage is not delayed. Throughout this scene, Capulet's anger increases rapidly. We can see this as he expresses his anger through verbal abuse and threats towards Juliet. He calls her such names as "Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!" and "You green sickness carrion!" He also threatens her if she disobeys him. "But, and you will not wed, I'll pardon you! Graze where you will - you shall not house with me!" ...read more.


From this, he reacted violently and aggressively against Juliet and threatening to disown her if she would not do as she is told. I learnt from this that it is what generally happened within the society at the time; I know that this would absolutely destroy their relationship. Obviously, Juliet does not want to marry Paris but if she refuses, she will be banished from her family. Eventually, Juliet appeased her father to prevent being disowned by him, she informs him by saying that she will marry Paris which made him suddenly delighted instead of being furious at her and arranges the wedding to be held immediately. When she commits suicide, I learn that Capulet is deeply saddened and that he really does care and love for her. Overall, I believe the play can teach us on what father and daughter relationships were basically like. Such as when Juliet had a marriage arranged, she was expected to agree her father. This meant that the society at the time were similar, daughters were expected to obey their fathers and do exactly as they were told. If a daughter was to defy her father, she would have to face serious consequences such as disownment from her father and family and to be banished from their household. This is what Juliet would have been forced to do if she did not marry Count Paris. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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