Essay on William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1533 Words Dec 18th, 2014 7 Pages
Life is complex and confusing and that is why we all need someone to rely on. This is shown throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet takes place during the 16th century in Verona, Italy. It is based on two star-crossed lovers who overcome several obstacles that restrict their ability to spend time with each other. Throughout these obstacles the protagonists, Romeo and Juliet, seek advice from their mentors who help them turn the prospect of the two lovers being together into a reality. Romeo and Juliet both grew up in a formal environment which led them to look at others for support and advice. The mentors are substitutes for parental figures as seen in several situations. For example, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse were more present than their real parents during their childhood and adolescence. Romeo and Juliet seek advice from their mentors in preference to their own parents during difficult times such as Romeo’s banishment and Juliet’s arranged marriage. Lastly, the mentors were so important that when their relationships fell apart so did Romeo and Juliet’s lives. Through these situations presented in the play, the mentors, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse, act as surrogate parental figures.

Firstly, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse are more involved in Romeo and Juliet’s daily lives and past. Lady Capulet, Juliet’s mother, is very distant to Juliet, and even as a baby, Lady Capulet did not fulfill her mother figure. For example, it was the Nurse…

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