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The Role of the parent and parent substitutes in the tragedy

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ENGLISH COURSEWORK: ROMEO & JULIET The Role of the parent and parent substitutes in the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" In this essay I will explore the influence of parents and parent substitutes in the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". Two families the Capulets and the Montagues have had a long running feud between them "Ancient grudge" it is then carried on by the children from both families. A girl from the Capulet house and a boy from the Montagues meet and fall in love but it is all to end in terrible consequences. "Star crossed lovers take their lives". The parents in Verona at the time when the play was written wanted their children to be married young, work in the house and raise a child. Juliet herself has a very bad relationship with her parents, they treat her with no respect, she is forced into doing things she does not want to do and has no one to look up to. I think that if Juliet's parents were more trusting and understanding towards Juliet she may have felt differently about getting into a relationship with Romeo or maybe she could have told her parents about their marriage without any hard feelings. ...read more.

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she also wants Juliet to marry who she wants and suggests that she marries Romeo "Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence's cell there stays a husband to make you a wife" this may have contributed towards the tragedy at the end of the play. If they had never married then the doomed plan at the end of the play would have been avoided. The Friar is an important character in the play; he is a friend of both families and is a possible link between them. He is a close friend and teacher to Romeo so is much closer to the Montagues. When Romeo and Juliet fell in love the friar took this as an advantage and got them married. He believed that the marriage would stop the feud. "In one respect I'll thy assistant be: for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households' rancour to pure love" The friar made a plan that would let Romeo and Juliet live their life in peace from their parents and away from the feud. His plan meant that the two could meet in private and run away together. ...read more.

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If parents listened to what their children had to say things could possibly have been better. The parent substitutes, Nurse and Friar Lawrence are a bit more responsible than the parents, both of them listened to what Romeo and Juliet wanted, they wanted what was best for the children not for themselves. Neither of the parents or the parent substitutes are to blame for what happened. The feud has been passed down from generation to generation. The younger generation in the play are taught to hate each other and end up fighting every time they meet each other causing hatred to escalate even more. The younger characters were responsible enough not to fight but in the end it took two innocent 'children' to die to stop the fighting. I don't think the younger generation are to blame as they were not in control over their emotions as their parents controlled them. No one should take the blame; Fate and destiny chose Romeo and Juliet to help the crisis come to an end. Fate brought them together to get married and to die to save both families from an everlasting war. Dominic Robinson Coursework 10Y3 ...read more.

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