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Romeo and Juliet - The changing relationships between Juliet and her parents, Lord and Lady Capulet and how these relationships contribute to the tragedy

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In this essay I will be writing about the changing relationships between Juliet and her parents, Lord and Lady Capulet and how these relationships contribute to the tragedy... "Romeo and Juliet" was set in the 16th century in Verona, a city in Northern Italy. As the play begins, a long-standing feud between the Montague and Capulet families continues to disrupt the peace of Verona. A savage brawl between the servants of the two households causes the Prince to threaten death for any Capulet or Montague if they disturbed his streets again. Meanwhile Romeo Montague is suffering over his unreturned love for a girl named Rosaline, his good friend Benvolio persuades him to go to Lord Capulet's party that night to cheer him up. At this party Romeo meets Juliet and it is love at first sight (he completely forgets about Rosaline), but a Montague being at a Capulet party enraged Juliet's protective cousin Tybalt who swears to seek revenge. Later that night Romeo meets Juliet on her balcony where they state their love for each other and agree to marry the following day. Romeo's faithful friend Friar Lawrence agrees to marry them as he feels it may end the terrible feud. So early the next morning Juliet's kind-hearted nurse brings news to Juliet to confirm the wedding and they are married in secret. Then the problems start as Tybalt seeks revenge on Romeo but instead kills his friend Mercutio through Romeo's arm, now its Romeo's turn for revenge and he slays Tybalt. Romeo's punishment is that he is exiled from Verona under the will that if he ever returns he will be killed. ...read more.

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Evidence of this is in the following scene, Act 3 Scene 5 when an ironic conversation between Juliet and her mother Lady Capulet occurs. Juliet is speaking of how much she loves Romeo but her mother misinterprets it, as Juliet plans, that she hates Romeo and wishes him dead. An example of this is when, with a complicated bit of punning, Juliet says 'God pardon him! I do, with all my heart; And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart'. This leads Lady Capulet to believe Romeo causes her great pain over the murder of Tybalt when in fact it means Romeo causes her great pain over getting banished. This is by far the most dramatic change in the relationships between Juliet and her parents. Whilst discussing 'The villain' Romeo's banishment Lady Capulet says 'We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not: Then weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua'. This means that the Capulets will have vengeance for Tybalt's death and that she will send someone to Mantua to kill Romeo. Lady Capulet then joyfully states that Juliet will be married on Thursday to the Count Paris, explaining that he wishes to make her happy. Juliet is devastated and declines against the marriage saying 'I will not marry yet, and when I do I swear It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris'. This is very ironic and out of character for the normally obedient Juliet, her love for Romeo had given her the willingness to disobey her parent's request. ...read more.

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By telling us of his plans for Juliet we realise although in Act 3 Scene 5 he appeared brutal and cruel he only ever had Juliet's best intentions at heart and he really did love her and wanted her to be happy. He truly believed the marriage to Count Paris would have achieved this. The final confirmation of Lord and Lady Capulet's love for Juliet is shown in Act 5 Scene 3 where Juliet is discovered to be truly dead. Lord Capulet and Montague shake hands and decide together that they will erect two golden statues of Romeo and of Juliet which will be placed together in the memories of their love for them and of their love for each other. The conclusion is that Lord and Lady Capulet's ever changing moods towards Juliet never mean that they don't love or care about her, the nastiness shown, especially in Act 3 Scene 5 is just the way they acted through the shock and offence of being disobeyed by their normally obedient daughter. I feel that this scene really does contribute to the tragedy because if this argument had never of occurred, if Lord and Lady Capulet had understood Juliet's wish to not be married to Count Paris then the wedding would have been cancelled and Friar Lawrence's plan would most likely of been successful. Romeo and Juliet would have been happy together and Lord and Lady Capulet would not of felt betrayed as they would carry on living life thinking that Juliet was dead. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aimee Garrison English GCSE Coursework U5SC Romeo & Juliet ...read more.

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