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The Parent and Child Relationships of Act 3 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet

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  • Submitted: 01/03/2008
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GCSE Romeo and Juliet

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The Parent and Child Relationships of Act 3 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet

Family life in 1595 was very different to family life today. The father was the head of the household; he made all the decisions and had complete control over everyone in the family especially the women. This included his wife, his daughters, his sisters and his mother. The women were totally obedient to him and obedience and respect was expected. The women of the family could not give their voice or opinion and if they disobeyed the law of the father could be disowned and would have nowhere to go and would have to beg, starve and die on the streets. There was no divorcing if life got unbearable. The understanding of the values people lived by during this time is important in understanding the play. It was assumed that the father had complete control and so the events in the play would not be shocking to the audience in Shakespeare's' time but they would understand the situation. Today women have a much more respected role in family life and contribute equally in all areas. Their role in family life is very different today.

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