The Role We on in Romeo and Juliet

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet, Marriage Pages: 2 (488 words) Published: April 4, 2013
In Romeo and Juliet, women have minor roles in the society in the time this play was wrote within the 16th century. They are expected to be obedient and to follow the word of their husbands, but still each women plays a important role which contributes to the outcome of the play "Romeo and Juliet".

In the play, Shakespeare puts the character Juliet in a typical situation of the Elizabethan era, which was an arranged marriage and this was a role taken by all women of that time. The parents would choose a husband for their daughter, no matter her age, although arranged marriages where the norm the nurse cares for Juliet enough to trust her decisions and also goes to extremes to bring happiness to Juliet. The Nurse was a servant of the Capulet family and it is common to have a nurse in wealthy families. The Nurse has looked after Juliet since she was a baby. The Nurse is a very funny, disturbing and playful character, she shares her character traits with Juliet and they have a strong and loving relationship with each other, such as a mother and daughter should have in today's society.

The Nurse takes the role of a messenger and acts as a communication bridge between Romeo and Juliet and the first example of that is in (Act 1 scene 5) when Juliet tells the Nurse to ask for Romeo's name and (Act 2 scene 4) the Nurse goes and talks to Romeo and he gives his intentions to marry Juliet and the Nurse heads back to give the information to Juliet. The Nurse also gives Juliet the news that Romeo killed Tybalt and Romeo was sent to live in exile by the Prince and Lady Capulet is vengeful and she demands Romeo's death for killing Tybalt. In Lady Capulets relationship with Juliet, she is cold and distant, expecting Juliet to obey her father and marry Paris, these were very stressful time for Juliet and went completely against what she wanted, but to shed some light, The Nurse arranges Romeo and Juliet's wedding night, which ended in their death.

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