What Do We Learn from Juliets Relationship with Her Father?'

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‘What do we learn from Juliet’s relationship with her father?’ 17.03.13 William Shakespeare’s, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ provides an insight of the experience of women in an Elizabethan society. The play was written in the late 1600’s, and is about two feuding families whose children fall in love. Their love leads to marriage, however, Juliet’s decision to marry Romeo was against her father’s will, this made life even harder for her, as in the 1600’s a women did not have the privilege to choose her husband. This decision was made by her father only. Moreover, she was not allowed to refuse to get married as this meant being disowned by her family. This shows us the unjustness that occurred in the Elizabethan period. Therefore, this essay will be discussing ‘what we learn from Juliet’s relationship with her father?’ At the beginning of the play, Paris asks lord Capulet for Juliet’s hand in marriage. However, lord Capulet replies ‘my child is yet a stranger in the world’. This shows us that lord Capulet does not agree with Paris and Juliet’s marriage, he has proven this to the audience by describing Juliet as a ‘stranger in the world’. By using the word ‘child’ and ‘stranger’, lord Capulet is implying that his daughter is not mature enough and that she still hasn’t seen the world properly. Nonetheless, Paris replies ‘younger than she are happy mother’s made’. This shows us how desperate Paris is, in marrying Juliet. Not only that, but it is also demonstrating how Paris is trying to persuade lord Capulet by saying ‘younger than she’. This suggests the fact that Paris believes Juliet would make a good mother even though she is fourteen and that many girls ‘younger’ than her have been made ‘happy mothers’ too. However, lord Capulet is not too keen on having his daughter married to Paris at such a young age. This shows us how protective he is of Juliet, which is why he invites Paris to his feast the following night, so he can ‘win her heart’. This shows us what a...
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