Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet
Parental Relationships – Sample Essay 1
Explore the way Shakespeare presents Juliet’s changing relationship with her parents to the audience during the course of the play. Juliet’s relationship with her parents changes during the course of the play, she is shy, obedient and behaves in a way that is typical of a wealthy daughter of the time. By the end of the play she is disobedient and becomes very independent. The storyline of the play is about A young boy and girl that fall in love at first sight their families are enemies, they marry in secret and they all end up dead. Women of this time were a lower class to men and all men owned their wives and children and to see a women even speak without a males consent to do so was surprising. The first time Juliet introduced to the audience is when Paris asks lord Capulet for his daughters hand in marriage. An audience of Elizabethan time would see this as a great opportunity for Juliet and the Capulet family, but lord Capulet explains to Paris that Juliet is to young. ‘ we let two summers wither in her pride, then we may think of her ripe to be a wife’ these are lord Capulet’s words to Paris telling Paris to wait two years before marriage will even be considered. The audience of Elizabethan times would be shocked by her fathers decision and how protective he is over Juliet. Lord Capulet maybe worried about letting his daughter go so early because she is to young. This also shows the relationship between Juliet and her father is very strong. Lord Capulet says to Paris ‘woo her’ at the Capulet ball. Lady Capulet shouts to their nurse ‘nurse, where’s my daughter’ this shows that the relationship between lady Capulet and Juliet isn’t very strong, because she doesn’t know where Juliet is , but the nurse does. This shows that the relationship between Juliet and her mother lady Capulet are less apparent than Juliet and her nurse. then when Juliet arrives at the door lady Capulet’s room she greets her mother with ‘ madam’ this is very formal not calling her mum, Juliet see’s her mum as her mum but as an important figure. When Juliet enters the room lady Capulet says to the nurse, ‘nurse give leave a while’, ‘we must talk in secret’ but just as the nurse is about to leave she calls her back this shows lady Capulet cant relate to Juliet and needs the nurse there even when she just wants to talk to Juliet. The nurse says to lady Capulet ‘ I can tell her age unto and hour ‘ this is even more evidence that the nurse is more of a mother than lady Capulet is to Juliet. Also the nurses’ daughter died so she cares for Juliet as she was her own daughter. Lady Capulet then says to Juliet ‘well, think of marriage now, I was younger than you, here in Verona , ladies of esteem are made happy mothers. By my count, I was your mother much upon these years.’ this seems as if lady Capulet is pressuring Juliet to get married and have kids just as she did. Lady Capulet then lost her patience with Juliet and demands an answer, she says to Juliet ‘ speak briefly, can u like of Paris love?’ Juliet then replies with’ I’ll look to like, if looking liking move, but no more deep will endart mine eye than your consent gives me strength to fly.’ this means that Juliet will appear to love Paris even if she doesn’t, if it pleases her parents. Then as Juliet and lady Capulet go to leave the room the nurse says ‘ go girl, seek happy nights to happy days’ this again shows that the nurse wants Juliet to be happy and that she has more care than her mother shows. All that lady Capulet wants is money and a higher status more than her daughter welfare. When the Capulet ball comes Paris goes to woo Juliet, but Romeo goes to the Capulet ball also, to try and take his mind off Rosaline his first love. Juliet and Romeo see each other they meet out of the way of everyone and Romeo tries to woo her himself, then Juliet completely disobeys her parents by kissing Romeo, at this time they...
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