Essay on William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1310 Words Apr 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Shakespeare uses some relationships between characters, such as the relationships that Lady Capulet and the Nurse share with Juliet, to give social commentary on the Elizabethan society. He also used relationships to highlight his key themes, such as the relationship between Romeo and Juliet proving that true love is uncontrollable.
The relationship between Lady Capulet and Juliet is used to show how family members tended to be distant from each other. This is shown in the utterance “what say you? Can you love the gentleman?” Lady Capulet does not give Juliet time to speak showing how she does not expect the answer to be anything but yes before giving a long speech praising Paris so is clearly under the impression that Juliet would be excited to marry Paris. The use of the interrogative “can” suggests that Lady Capulet wants to understand Juliet’s opinion, but the fact that she continues talking shows how these questions were perfunctory; that the Lady Capulet does not care for Juliet’s opinion at all. This shows that she does not know or care much for Juliet as she thinks that Juliet will want to get married when, in fact, the opposite is true. There is also a stiff formality in the way that Lady Capulet and Juliet talk, highlighted by Juliet’s use register changed from talking to the Nurse to her mother, such as when she calls her mother “Madam”. This would shock the modern audience as they are accustomed to close bonds between a mother and their children. The…

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