How Is Loyalty and Betrayal Part of Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Michael M
Romeo and Juliet
Essay
January 1, 2012

Essay

‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare is a romantic tragedy that expresses true love as well as main elements such as loyalty and betrayal and this essay will discuss how they all are equal parts of the play. There is loyalty between friends and family, betrayal against Romeo and Juliet and there is true love, shown between the two star cross lovers
Loyalty is a large section of this play, it is shown within the actions of the characters. Some very great act of loyalty are given to both Romeo and Juliet by their friends and family, for example; the friar shows loyalty by giving advice to the two teens, always staying wise, and only trying to stop the quarrel between
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The nurse shows her devotion to Juliet when she allows her to marry Romeo , the mother nor father would have allowed this, but the nurses dedication to Juliet makes her go through with it.
Betrayal is also a large slice of this play and is portrayed through the dishonourable acts of the characters. An example of betrayal in Romeo and Juliet is Juliet to her father as well as her father betraying Juliet. Juliet betrays her father by disobeying his orders to marry the county Paris, her betrayal is portrayed in the lines “Proud can I never be of what I hate” this tells the audience that Juliet is not grateful of what the ‘man of the house’ has given her. Mr Capulet retaliates by insulting her and calling her baggage with the line “hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch” Mr Capulet thinks of Juliet as a piece of property he can sell this is told by the line “an you be mine”.
Another example of betrayal in the play is by Ms Capulet to Juliet. When Juliet’s father insists she must marry Paris, she turns to her mother for comfort and support, but her mother does not do so, this is told from the line “talk to me not, for I will not speak a word; do as throw wilt, for I have done with thee” this line sends Juliet into despair, and is a betrayal of lady Capulets motherly duties.
The final and perhaps worst act of betrayal is by the nurse to Juliet. Juliet has already been betrayed by both of her

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