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The play is often thought to be about the romance of young love: yet many other views of love are presented."

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'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare Cheryl Moore The play is often thought to be about the romance of young love: yet many other views of love are presented." (In responding to the three parts of this question you are asked to discuss some of the attitudes taken towards love, marriage and sex by characters other than Romeo and Juliet.) At the beginning of Act I scene 1 we hear Sampson's attitude towards the Montagues and women. He boasts about how better he is, better than the Montagues. He thinks and says that women are the weaker sex. "Women being the weaker vessels" (Ii ll. 14-15). This is being quite sexist, and he thinks that sex is just a game, just for fun, mainly with Montagues women. He boasts about having sex -raping- with women, and cutting off their "maiden heads" (Ii l. 24) implying they're virgins. He talks of sex and rape as if they are a game. It's a mockery of sexual relationships and it's awful that a man could think of such a thing. ...read more.

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But although he is protecting his daughter from getting married too young, he himself wed Lady Capulet when she was at a young age. In Iii l.13 Capulet comments on how young brides are "married too soon" and he is referring to his wife. Later on in the play we realise that Capulet has been an unfaithful husband. There is a bitter exchange IViv ll. 10-13. "...I have watched ere now all night for lesser cause and ne'er been sick" What Capulet is saying is that he's been up all night - with a woman, being unfaithful - and has never been sick. This makes Lady Capulet jealous "a jealous hood" (IViv l.14) is what Capulet calls her. Lady Capulet says "I will watch you from such watching now" (IViv l.13). The marriage between Capulet and Lady Capulet is bitter and Lady Capulet is scornful towards to her older husband. In Act III there is a conversation between Lady Capulet, Juliet and the nurse. Lady Capulet has come to talk to Juliet about marriage. She asks Juliet what she thinks of marriage "How stands your dispositions to be married?" ...read more.

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Lady Capulet tells Juliet of the arrangement "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn the gallant, young, and noble gentleman, The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church shall happily make thee there a joyful bride" (IIIv ll.112-115). At this point in the play Juliet has already secretly wed her secret lover Romeo. Juliet refuses to marry Paris "...he shall not make me there a joyful bride." (IIIiv l.117) Juliet says that Paris will not make her happy. Capulet arrives and hears of her refusal. Capulet calls her a "disobedient wretch ... a wretched pulling fool" (IIIv l.160 & 184) Capulet is very angry. He has exerted himself "Day, night, work, play" (IIIv ll.76-77) to find Juliet a good bridegroom, and have her married well. Throughout the play the nurse has quite a lot to say when it comes to marriage. She knows that Juliet has married Romeo, and even passed messages for the two - to and from. She seems to agree with Capulets anger towards Juliet about refusing to marry Paris. When Juliet first met Romeo Nurse was the one who came and "interrupted" as Lady Capulet needed Juliet. She hinted to Romeo that Juliet was worth marrying for her money "...he that can lay hold of her shall have the chinks."(Iv ll. ...read more.

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