Exploring the Roles of Parents in "Romeo and Juliet"

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Exploring the Roles of parents in “Romeo and Juliet”

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy play written by Shakespeare. It is set in Verona, Italy during the 13th century, two noble families are feuding and two young lovers, one from each family fall in love. Romeo and Juliet have to keep their love a secret due to the ongoing war between their families. This suggests that their relationship with their parents is not one of trust. Relationships between children and parents then and now are very different because today parents are much closer to their children emotionally however in the time the play was set in the parents and children were distant from each other, this may be because nowadays parents are the prime carers but then people would usually have a maid to look after their children particularly in noble families this occurred because the mother and father would not have time to take care of the baby due to the fact that they would have to be seen attending social gatherings and such.

Romeo is not seen in the play with his parents this suggests that he doesn’t seem to like their company or is more secretive with them. In Act 1 Scene 1 Montague talks about his son, Romeo. He describes their relationship and Romeos recent behaviour. When Benvolio asks if he knows what’s wrong with Romeo after Montague describes his behaviour he answers “I neither know, nor can learn from him.” This confirms that there is a distance between Romeo and his parents because his father can’t even try to talk to him about his problems. You can also see the lack of respect that Romeo has for his parents’ authority because even though Juliet is a member of the family his family hates he is still peruses his love for her and sneaks around to see her for example the famous balcony scene.

Based on what you see in Act 1 Scene 2 you would believe that Capulet is very loving of Juliet because when talking to Paris about the marriage he seems a little reluctant in Juliet getting married...
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