A play which explores the effect of relationships in a family and community is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Task: Choose a play which explores relationships in a family/community. What strengths and/or weaknesses are apparent in these relationships and what is the overall effect on the family/community.

        A play which explores the effect of relationships in a family and community is “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. The relationship between Romeo and Juliet, themselves, is key to the play and this relationship also embodies the family feud discussed in the play. Shakespeare conveys the lovers’ relationship as one built upon utter trust and devotion. Yet it is ill-fated due to the ancient feud between their families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The family grudge holds great importance and affects the lives of every citizen in the town of Verona.

        In the beginning of the play we are introduced to both the lovers. Romeo is portrayed as a depressed and melancholic person as the girl he loves does not love him back and Juliet as a girl who is unwilling to be married to a suitor of her parent’s choice. Romeo is in love with a Capulet girl called Rosaline and in order to see her he goes, uninvited, to a Capulet ball. He catches sight of Juliet at the ball and immediately falls in love with her. Much to his disappointment he finds out she is a Capulet:

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        “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.”

Although Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet he knows it is not that simple in Verona. He realises that because they are from rival families their relationship would never be permitted. From the very beginning their relationships is said to be “star-cross’d” as their families have been mortal enemies. There is a major difference shown between Romeo's love for Rosaline and his love for Juliet. When he is "in love" with Rosaline, Romeo is depressed. But, when he sees Juliet, it is a whole different story. ...

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