Juliet is surrounded by caring adults who are concerned for her.' Explore this view of the adults in the play.

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English Coursework Romeo and Juliet

‘Juliet is surrounded by caring adults who are concerned for her.’ Explore this view of the adults in the play.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ was written by Shakespeare at a relatively early juncture in his literary career, most probably in 1594 or 1595. It is a tragic story of forbidden love. The whole episode of Romeo and Juliet's meeting, falling in love, marriage, and tragic end, takes place within five days. Around the time when Romeo and Juliet was written, people were beginning to question traditional beliefs about rank and social order, and ideas that people should be superior just because they were born into wealthier families, or that those in power should always be obeyed without question. Perhaps this is shown in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ when Juliet does not follow her father’s ruling that she should marry Paris and embarks on a risky plan to get away with Romeo. Elizabethan women were raised to believe that they were inferior to men. The church believed this and quoted the Bible to ensure the continued adherence to this principle. Elizabethan women were also dominated by the male members of their family. In Juliet’s case, she is dominated and subjugated by her father. Juliet, the only child of the Capulet family means she is first priority to her parents. Along with this came a responsibility and choice for Juliet to either obey or contradict her upbringing. This being true; in her best interest; her father tries to give her a life which he thinks she will be happy in. Throughout the play we relate Juliet to be a nurtured little girl, having many adults around her to ensure that she is brought up protected and educated about life.  

The Nurse’s relationship with Juliet focuses attention on Juliet’s age. Juliet is still a young girl when the play begins, not yet fourteen, as we learn in , Scene 3, the Nurse repeatedly asserts that Juliet has not yet had her 14th birthday. In contrast to Juliet’s youth, the Nurse is old and enjoys complaining about her aches and pains. “Fie, how my bones ache!” By : "Even or odd, of all days in the year, Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen"(18-19).The Nurse knows this date very well because she had a daughter who that same day died at birth therefore; she raised Juliet perhaps as she would have raised her own child. The Nurse’s main purpose within the play is to act as a go-between for Romeo and Juliet, and is the only other character besides Friar Laurence to know of their wedding. The Nurse, despite being a servant in the Capulet household, has a role equivalent to that of Juliet’s mother and regards Juliet as her own daughter. Juliet sees the Nurse as a friend, confidante, and appreciates the help the nurse has given her. Throughout the play, Juliet relies on and trusts the Nurse in most of her endeavours and undertakings. Each time Juliet needs to get in touch with Romeo the Nurse is there, helping her in any way she can. However When we first get introduced to the Nurse, we interpret her as a coarse and loquacious, but well-intentioned woman, without affectation, and having Juliet's best interests at heart. At last we discover, as Juliet does, that the Nurse does not really understand Juliet's love for Romeo and her faithfulness. She doesn’t share Juliet’s idea of love; for her, love is a temporary and physical relationship, so she can’t understand the intense and spiritual love Romeo and Juliet share. The Nurse, often repeats herself, and her vulgar references to the sexual aspect of love set the idealistic love of Romeo and Juliet apart from the love described by other characters in the play. The Nurse is shown to be relatively lewd and promiscuous. Juliet’s frustration at having to rely upon the Nurse as her messenger is used to comic effect in Act II, Scene 5, when Juliet is forced to listen to the Nurse’s complaint and ailments while trying to sweet-talk from her, the news of her wedding plans. “O honey nurse, what news? /Now, good sweet nurse,--O Lord, why look'st thou sad?” When the Nurse brings Juliet news of Romeo’s wedding arrangements, she focuses on the pleasures of Juliet’s wedding night, “I am the drudge, and toil in your delight, / But you shall bear the burden soon at night” (II.5.75–76). This clash in outlook manifests itself when she advises Juliet to forget the banished Romeo and instead marry Paris, betraying Juliet’s trust by advocating a false marriage. Act 3 Scene 5 I think it best you married with the County. O, he’s a lovely gentleman. Romeo’s a dishclout to him.” (218–220). Juliet can’t believe that the Nurse offers such a course of action after she praised Romeo and literally helped bring them together. The nurse’s social position places her in the serving class; she is not empowered to create change around her. Her maternal instinct toward Juliet sustains her to aid Juliet in marrying Romeo; however, when Capulet becomes infuriated and enraged; the Nurse retreats quickly into submission and urges Juliet to forget Romeo. The nurse’s reaction toward Juliet’s death is genuine and natural. “O woe, O woeful, woeful day! Most lamentable day, most woeful day. That ever, ever I did yet behold.” This shows how close her relationship with Juliet was despite her advising Juliet to marry Paris instead of her true love Romeo. It could be argued that she reacted the way she did because she felt guilty of letting Juliet proceed with her plan to meet Romeo once again. Either way this shows she had Juliet’s best interest in mind.

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Lady Capulet, Juliet's biological mother only tells her what to do, and has never been personally close with Juliet. When Juliet comes of age to get married, Lady Capulet wants her to marry Paris, and does not care how Juliet feels about it. When Lady Capulet comes to tell Juliet the news about her arranged marriage with Paris, Lady Capulet mistakes Juliet's tears for Romeo as grief over Tybalt's death. Juliet's replies strengthen this belief, as they were deliberately ambiguous; to hide her feelings for Romeo as Lady Capulet threatens vengeance; promising that Romeo will be poisoned in Mantra. Juliet tries ...

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