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What does Shakespeare show us about Father Daughter relationships?

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What does Shakespeare show us about Father Daughter relationships? Relationships have played a crucial role throughout our history. One of the most important being the relationship between a father and his daughter. They are still brought to our attention today in society. You only have to switch on your television to a soap opera to witness a father daughter relationship. They often form a stereotypical father daughter relationship of an over protective father and a timid and complacent daughter. It's amazing to think that even in Shakespearean times father daughter relationships were still as important however due to modern civil rights and equality for all, some of the significance is lost on a modern audience. One of the more obvious points Shakespeare shows in Romeo and Juliet is that in their time Daughters were not considered as important as men in society. This is shown when Paris asks Capulet if he can marry Juliet. If Juliet was considered as important then Paris would have asked her to marry him not asked her father. This is also shown when Capulet over reacts when Juliet refuses to marry Paris. He becomes unreasonable and verbally bullies Juliet "Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch!... My fingers itch. ...read more.

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This is still seen today in many father daughter relationships, the father tries to do what is best for his daughter but sometimes this can cause upset. For instance sometimes when a man wants to marry he asks his partners father for permission, but this is not a crucial social "routine". Perhaps another reason Capulet over reacts when Juliet disagrees is because Juliet has always agreed with him before and it came as a huge shock to him when she wants to decide her future. Of course Juliet can't marry Paris because she has just married Romeo, however if she hadn't met Romeo would she have just agreed to marry Paris? The Argument shows Capulets loss of control and even shows madness. Before Capulet uses poetic language to show how he is feeling and in his speeches he comes over as a nice, respectable person. When he starts to argue with Juliet his language changes from calm, poetic to abusive and childish. Capulet overreacts and ends up just looking stupid. This is the same in King Lear when Cordelia refuses to say how much she loves him because she cannot put it into words Lear overreacts and starts threatening her. It's also shown in The Tempest. ...read more.

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This can be proved throughout the whole play, Capulet wants Juliet to fall in love and be happy, however he wants her to fall in love with Paris because he is a wealthy respectable man who will be able to take care of her. In Romeo and Juliet, Capulet only wants Juliet to marry Paris because he is a wealthy man and will be able to take care off her. This is the same in the Tempest, Prospero only acts angry and abusive to his daughter and Ferdinand because he is testing Ferdinand's love for Miranda. Yet again he is only doing it because he loves his daughter and wants what's best for her. So in answer to the question "What does Shakespeare show us about father daughter relationships?" He shows us a lot. For example he shows how society supports men and how it would be unacceptable for a daughter to disagree because of her lower social status. It also shows that the daughters had a huge respect for their fathers but did want more independence and choice in how their lives were run, and it shows that fathers did what they thought was best for their daughters even if it did seem horrible. The father daughter relationship back then is similar to the father and daughter relationship witnessed in life nowadays. On both sides it shows a strong love and wanting to please the opposing person. ...read more.

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