The Importance Of Characters In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The youth is inexperienced and require guides in life to act as role models, and point them in the right direction. In Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, daughter and son of opposing spiteful families seek help when faced with problems posed by the depth of their love. Shakespeare argues that caregivers are significant as their advice and assistance can negatively impact the young and impressionable in love, expressed through events predominantly involving the characters of the Nurse, Friar Lawrence and Lady Capulet.

The character of the Nurse is utilized by Shakespeare to emphasize how the vulgarity in people negatively effects the young. The Nurse displays the trait of vulgarity through her belief of physical attraction and
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The Friar displays the trait of cowardliness by hiding the secret love between Romeo and Juliet from their malicious families. He represents his trait when he states “Come, come with me and we will make short work,/ For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone/Till Holy Church incorporate two in one.” (Shakespeare,2.6.35-27). The Friar is determined to marry the lovers, however does not prefer them to “stay alone” as he fears that there will be negative consequences if they are found together. He claims the marriage is “short work,” which he reveals as a process which can be done with simplicity, though he does not have approval from either family. He wants the couple to be blessed by the “Holy Church” before they are exposed because the church is a symbol of holiness, love, and good traits, which can over power the negative factors of their marriage. Consequently, due to the Friars cowardliness he fails to guide the couple, as he hides all of the secrets from the Capulet and Montague families, leading Romeo to make reckless decisions by considering suicide, as he cannot live without his love Juliet. Romeo is negatively effected by the Friar’s hiding of the truth when he states, “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight./ Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift/To enter in the thoughts of desperate men.” …show more content…
Lady Capulet’s lack of motherly love is illustrated through her careless and oblivious actions towards her only daughter. These traits are perceptible when she states, “I would the fool were married to her grave!” (Shakespeare, 3.5.44). Lady Capulet shows no care towards Juliet when she names her a “fool.” She implies that Juliet is a brainless, immature and irresponsible young girl. Lady Capulet wishes that her only daughter would be “married” due to the fact that those which possessed many riches in Shakespearean times were to be wedded with another individual or face ongoing embarrassment towards the family. She wants Juliet to be married to her “grave,” as she implies that due to the many complications Juliet has caused the family, the simplest occurrence would be the death of Juliet, so all her frustration would vanish. As a result, due to Lady Capulet’s lack of motherly love, she unsuccessfully guides as she fails to show any care when her only daughter is faced with challenging decisions, leading her into committing suicide. Juliet is negatively affected by Lady Capulet’s carelessness when she states “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.” (Shakespeare, 5.3.175-176). As the consequence of Lady Capulet’s failure to act as a motherly figure, Juliet decides to

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