Strength And Power In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Often it is that one who has struggled an unmanageable flaw or challenge in their life is one who is considered strong. To be optimistic and believe in positivity is the root of strength, but with strength can also come the desire for power. A person who abuses their ability to maintain strength for power can be considered manipulative, creating a difficult judgment of their character based on their balance of both positive and negative qualities. In Peter Holland’s edition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is a strong female character who develops strength and power by the unfortunate imperfections in which she lives but ignites a powerful charisma within her that dominates in her relationships with Romeo, the Nurse, and her parents, the Capulets. It is clear that she is all but passive due …show more content…
Making appearances only in small portions of the play, the Capulets are perceived by the audience as incompetent, regarding the appropriate care for their daughter, Juliet. It is clear that there is a lack of mutual understanding of the solidity the relationship between Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Juliet. While both of the Capulet parents believe that their ideals should be respected, regardless of their absence, Juliet is passionate about her treatment of superiority under the Nurse’s care and, in turn, is reluctant to accept her role as their child. It is clear that Juliet is aware of her power, though, and uses it against the immaturity of the Nurse and the Capulets who, ironically, are her parental figures. It is clear that Lord Capulet is determined to marry Juliet to Paris when discussing his thoughts about, “[his] child’s love [and his thought that] she [should] be ruled” (III.iv.13). Despite a lengthy absence from Juliet’s life, the Capulet parents believe strongly in their authority over Juliet, but when she makes the decision

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