Essay On Loyalty In Romeo And Juliet

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What does it mean to be loyal? Someone that is loyal gives and shows firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution. My parents show their loyalty by showing forgiveness. Throughout my life I have made many mistakes but my family continues to forgive and care for me even though I may have disobeyed them. On the other hand, being loyal can also impede you from others. Many friend groups in our school and others tend to only collaborate with the people their closest with and less with other people around them. Loyalty is recognized and portrayed by Romeo, Juliet, and others involved in their lives. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare recognizes loyalty as something good and uses it as a way of binding certain characters …show more content…
Unlike Lady Capulet, the Nurse acts as a very motherly figure towards Juliet. The Nurse has taught and raised Juliet in Verona more than her own mother has. The Nurse states, "And since that time it is eleven years/She could have run and waddled all about/For even the day before, she broke her brow” (1.3.38-41). The Nurse is talking to Lady Capulet and reflects one of Juliet's childhood memories and proves that she has always been there for Juliet no matter what. The Nurse has been loyal and has stayed by Juliet's side even when her own mother has not. To add, Friar Lawrence also validates loyalty by assisting in the marriage of Romeo and Juliet in Verona. Friar states, “Thy love did read by rote, that could not spell/In one respect I’ll thy assistant be/For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households rancor to pure love” (2.3.95-99). When Romeo approaches the Friar to talk about his new love interest, the Friar is surprised he moved from Rosaline so quickly but he agrees to marry them because he believes it could help the two families unite. Loyalty is shown through the Friar’s decision to marry Romeo and his lover because even though it wasn't his intention he did it anyway to please Romeo. These examples are great representations of what loyalty is, both the Nurse and Friar show constant support throughout the play which leads to positive outcomes and brings these characters

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