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To what extent do you consider Juliet to be a victim of the male influences in her life? Shakespeares' Romeo and Juliet

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To what extent do you consider Juliet to be a victim of the male influences in her life? There were various different influences in Juliet's life. Not all of them were male, but there were some males in her life that perhaps, eventually caused Juliet's suicide. Some examples of this are; her father (Capulet), friar Lawrence, Romeo and maybe even Tybalt, Mercutio and Bathasar could be blamed. It could also be argued that there were some female influences in Juliet's life, for example the Nurse and Lady Capulet. In the time when the play was set, males were the most dominant sex, and females were expected to do as men told them. This was especially fathers and husbands to their wives or daughters. So I think that Juliet was a victim of the male influences in her life to a substantial extent. Juliet's father, Capulet, had a relatively substantial influence on Juliet. Her father seemed to be quite considerate at the beginning and is to a certain extent understanding towards Juliet's present situation, as he explains to Paris, that he feels that she is still too young to marry. "Let two more summers wither in their pride, ere we may think her ripe to be a bride". Capulet says this to Paris, it shows that he is aware that the majority of girls her age during that period, were in fact, married, and possibly would have had children, and yet still feels Juliet is not ready to wed. ...read more.


He comes across as being wise and dependable in this scene and gives Romeo a last piece of advice before his exit; 'Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast.' Friar Lawrence marries them secretly, without either of their families knowing. You might say that the Friar was deceitful in doing this behind their families backs, but the friar would be disloyal to Romeo if he refused to marry them if that was what they wanted. I think his intentions were worthy but his actions may have been misguided. Tybalt is Juliet's cousin; he influences Juliet in that he is very much against the Montague's. As a cousin Juliet should be able to trust Tybalt, and she should be able to tell him about her love for Romeo, but because he is so resentful towards the Montague's she can't. One example of this is at the Capulet's party when Tybalt, finds that Romeo was there and immediately is ready to start a fight, but in this scene Capulet is very rational and scolds Tybalt for doing this. "What dares the slave come hither" says Tybalt, "This is a Montague, our foe: a villain..." The language used here is very abrupt, rude, cursing and shows the bitterness between the families. This kind of behaviour reoccurs later on in the play when Tybalt starts a fight with Mercutio, and eventually kills him. This then leads to Romeo fighting Tybalt for the sake of his good friend Mercutio, "Staying for thine to keep him company: either thou or I, or both, must go with him", and Tybalt is soon killed to. ...read more.


To a certain extent I think that Juliet was a victim of the male influences in her life, but it would be unfair to say all the influences in her life were male, the nurse and lady Capulet could also be blamed, due to the fact that the nurse was the only other person who knew about Romeo and Juliet's marriage. Lady Capulet was almost equally persistent in wanting Juliet too marry Paris, as Capulet was, so you could also say that Juliet was a victim of the female influences in her life. Capulet is a leader, and Lady Capulet tends to agree with him, as most wives would have at that time, but you could also say that Lady Capulet is a victim of her husbands' influence as well as Juliet. The Nurse tries to remain a neutral character, but gets absorbed within the love of her beloved Juliet and Romeo, I would probably have done the same in the Nurse's position, as she tries to keep everyone happy by not telling Juliet's parent's her secret, but her actions could be wrongly viewed. Overall I think that Juliet was a victim of the male influences in her life to quite an extent. Due to the patriarchal society this could be expected, but I think Juliet was lead by the males in her life and didn't have much say, even with her family. Most of the influences in Juliet's life were male, in my opinion. Some of them were directly to blame, but some were indirectly to blame when linked to Juliet's eventual suicide. Kayleigh Vassall ...read more.

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