Due to the groundlings inability to see the stage clearly, they had to rely on what they could hear. Even though there was an unmarried woman on the throne in Elizebeathen England, the roles of women in society were very limited. Nurse called Juliet pet names+knew her age to the hour-close relationship Capulet-Changes during the course of the play. He demands Juliet marries Paris. Can be violent-“my fingers itch”
Capulet represents the mind of parents that Shakespeare’s audience would recognize-controlling and unsympathetic. This helps the audience to relate to Juliet’s happiness. “Ere we may think her to be a bride”- like a fruit-ready for a man to pick- women perceived in this period. Montague-“To press before thy father to a grave”
“O where is Romeo, saw him earlier you did today?”
Montague can be violent when he sees Capulet but his wife holds him back- can cloud his Judgement as a father. Not violent against Romeo, does care about his wellbeing.
Lady Montague-‘right glad I am Romeo was not at this fray’- this shows she wants to know where Romeo is. She is glad he was not at the fight. Shows good parenting. Nurse- ‘what lamb, what ladybird, god forbid, where is this girl?’- this suggests that the nurse is a close wet nurse- what lamb what ladybird are pet names which she has for Juliet- representing the connection between them ‘faith I can tell her age unto the hour’- shows close relationship Lady Capulet-‘nurse, come back again’- does not feel comfortable with Juliet on her own, after time realised there is no close connection between them
On my first son
Links- capulet thinks Juliet is his possession ’lent to me’ Father has been lost
This could link to Romeo and Juliet’s mum and dad realising the importance of spending time with their kids. ‘exacted by fate,on just the day’ suggests it was fate he/she lost her child ‘Rest in soft piece’ suggests he/she cares for the child and just...
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