Exploring the Way the Women are Portrayed in Romeo and Juliet

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Exploring the way in which the women are portrayed in Romeo and Juliet

        The main female roles in Romeo and Juliet are: Lady Montague, Lady Capulet, the Nurse, Juliet and Rosaline. They are all portrayed in different ways and they are each from different classes. Lady Capulet, Lady Montague

        Lady Montague is Romeo’s mother and is married to Montague. She has a good lifestyle as she is the top of the top, in Verona, in the Montague family. In Act 1 Scene 1, she seems to mock her husband when he wants to go out into the battle, “Thou shall not stir one foot to seek a foe.”  By doing this she seems to be a character who is in control of Montague as she can say things like that to him in private. She never seems to speak in public, which shows her to be a quiet character who is being kept under control by Montague.

        Lady Capulet is Juliet’s mother and is Capulet’s wife. Lady Capulet, herself married young, she is eager to see her daughter marry . She is an ineffectual mother, relying on the Nurse for moral and practical support. She also mocks her husband in Act 1 Scene 1 when he wants to go and fight the Montague’s, “A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?” She agrees with Capulet and never argues with him or disagrees. This could mean she is weak and Capulet is the stronger person in the relationship. Lady Capulet’s relationship with Juliet is very distant. Even though she is actually Juliet’s mother it does not get portrayed as that in the play. She seems to be very unsympathetic and uncaring towards Juliet. It is almost as if it is the Nurse’s job to support and bring up Juliet. Juliet talks to her mother as if she is superior, even though her mother does not properly care for her; it seems as if Juliet has a lot of respect for her mother. “Madam, I am here, what is your will?” Lady Capulet hardly talks to Juliet in Act 1 Scene 3, although it was Juliet she wished to talk to, instead she spoke mostly to the Nurse. (Juliet speaks 7 lines out of a whole 100 in the conversation.)

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        The Nurse is Juliet’s surrogate mother. She plays a very strong character and has her own mind and opinions. She is Juliet’s confidant, Juliet can tell the Nurse anything:

“JULIET  Go ask his name. – If he be marrièd,

                My grave is like to be my wedding bed.

NURSE  His name is Romeo, and a Montague,

                    The only son of your great enemy.”

This quote proves that Juliet can confide in the Nurse because she asks about Romeo. Also in Act 2 Scene , ...

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