The Power of Tradition
In Veronan society, there are many dysfunctional and unstable relationships. The play “Romeo and Juliet” written by William Shakespeare in the 1500's is about young love and the various relationships between families, friends, and love interests. The play exploits the complexity of a relationships and all the difficulties that can occur between people who are close to each other emotionally. Romeo and Juliet demonstrates that traditions of Veronan society contribute to the ignorance and confusion that leads to tragedy in a relationship.
Juliet has numerous issues within her family that cause her trouble maintaining a healthy relationship with them. In Verona, children are not commonly raised by their parents, but by a servant or nurse hired by their parents to care for them. Therefore, Juliet doesn’t actually know her parents very well, and they don't know her. When Juliet begins to act more independently and make her own choices, her father is upset that she is defying him and no longer acting under his rule. “Wife, we scarce thought us blest
That God had lent us but this only child;
But now I see this one is one too much,
And that we have a curse in having her.
Out on her, hilding!” (3, 5, 165)
This quote comes from Capulet, showing his fury and anger with his daughter Juliet when she refuses to marry young Paris, the man her father promised her too. If Capulet had a closer relationship with his daughter he would know that she didn't want to marry Paris, but due to tradition and the patterns of veronan society he is obligated to find his daughter a husband.
Juliet was not raised by her parents, but by a nurse who works for her family. Juliet has a very meaningful and emotional connection with the nurse. She is much closer to the her than she is to either of her parents. Therefore when Juliet gets married to Romeo secretly, the nurse is the only one she tells about the relationship. “Hie you to church; I must another way,...
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