Themes Of Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet
In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is the passive character as her life decisions are controlled by her parents, for example Juliet’s mother commands her towards marrying Paris as she talks about him in sonnet form which suggests that romance is knocking on the door but also and ideal man has been found for Juliet. Juliet’s mother wants Juliet’s to marry someone with a status like their own generation as Paris is referred to a ‘man of wax’ he is almost sculptured as being perfect and being a noble and gentle man for Juliet. This part of the play being presented to a Shakespearean audience would be much preferred.
On the other hand Portia from the ‘Merchant of Venice’ ‘is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father’ this quote entangles that’s Portia’s dead father has scheduled her life even though he has laid to rest. The word ‘curbed’ translates to check or to restrain. Additionally the dead father is still in control. Throughout the play parental love is exposed as the father takes over the offspring’s life and doesn’t let her keep control of it. In the Shakespearean times the father was the man of the house and always took control, comprehensively all fathers were seen as always