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The play is written by William Shakespeare, it is about two star-crossed lovers whose families are at war so can't engage together into a relationship - Romeo and Juliet

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GCSE English Coursework The play is written by William Shakespeare, it is about two star-crossed lovers whose families are at war so can't engage togeth4er into a relationship. The play is set in fair Verona and due to family and religious commitments they can't escape away with each other. They are both from rich families so Juliet is forced to marry Paris but she detests and after the news comes through that Romeo has been banished she fakes her own death. Romeo returns not knowing that it is a fake death, because of this he takes his own life when Juliet awakens to see Romeo dead she takes her own life. In my essay I am going to examine the relationship between Juliet and her parents. I am going to look closely at the changes in the characters and their relationships. Also I will look at Juliet's parent's reaction to and after her death. Juliet is from an upper-class family and she is the only daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. Her attitude towards her parents is more like a business relationship than a normal mother, daughter or father, daughter relationships with nearly all communication, orders done through or with the nurse around. Juliet is not brought up by her parents but by a nurse who she depends on because her parents treat their relationship like a business relationship even though they may love Juliet they hardly have any contact with her or show any love towards her till she dies. ...read more.

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I think Juliet is write to complain about this situation she is in because I think it is unfair that she is not allowed to marry Romeo. I also think that Lord Capulet has a point, he wants the best for Juliet and he believes Paris is the best. I also believe he is acting like this because he sees Romeo as the enemy because the two families are in the middle of a feud. 'Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch.' He sees his daughter as his property and can give her away to anyone he wants. This may appear cruel but was acceptable in Shakespeare's time. When the play was written marriage was seen by many as a business arrangement. Unlike today 'love' didn't come into it. Juliet doesn't want a business arrangement she wants the man she is in love with. Her parents don't seem to be able to understand this. Throughout the play I noticed Lord and Lady Capulet didn't show any affection towards each other so it makes you wonder if their relationship was a business relationship. Throughout the play we can tell different characters have different views on marriage. We can tell that Pairs believes marriage is a duty and you must marry. 'Happily met, my lady and my wife' This is the first thing Paris say's to Juliet when they meet, this is showing us that even thought he doesn't know Juliet he is willing to marry her. We can also tell that Mercutio feels marriage or love and the opposite sex makes you look and feel weak. ...read more.

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They show they love her and feel sad for her this is evident in their speech. 'Flower as she was, deflowered by him.' 'But one, poor one, one poor and loving child.' This is showing they really love her and didn't want her to die. I believe the relationship between Juliet and her parents broke up because they didn't listen to her concerns or give her a correct up bringing. They should have taken more interest in her childhood instead of leaving her to the nurse and then they would have understood her problems. You can't underestimate the true power of love and Juliet's parents have done this, they haven't shown Juliet enough love. Then Juliet was betrayed by her nurse as her nurse left her and told her to marry Paris so Juliet has turned to the one person that shows her love and this is Romeo she needs some security and marrying Romeo will give her this. I think William Shakespeare is trying to teach us that you can't force someone to love someone if they don't love each other also he is trying to show us the true meaning of true love. He is also trying to show us that you should listen to each other or you will not make any progress. He is trying to set us with a good example of true love doomed to fail. He is also trying to show us that people shouldn't be judged by there class even if they are poor or rich. He is also showing us that it isn't just weeks, months or years that change your life it can be days. ...read more.

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