Essay about William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Who would you say is the most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

“Two households both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona (where we lay our scene),

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;

Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows

Doth with their death bury their parent’s strife.

The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,

And the continuance of their parent’s rage,

Which but their children’s end nought could remove.”

This is the famous, tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet
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with her beloved nurse.

Capulet’s attitude as a father towards Juliet at the beginning of the play is that of love and protectiveness. When he is talking to Paris about his daughter and marriage, and is full of fatherly concern, “My child is yet…think her ripe to be a bride” demonstrates this. However, this fatherly concern changes to pure outrage when Juliet refuses Paris’ proposal. He refers to Juliet as his property, “and you be mine…die in the streets”. Capulet’s reference to his daughter as property was common for the period of time that the play was written. If the girl/woman was not married, she belonged to her father, if she was married then she was the property of her husband’s.

He uses powerful, dramatic language that has a huge impact on Juliet- “we scarce thought us blest…out on her hiding”. He insults Juliet and threatens to disown her if she refuses to marry Paris on Thursday. Lady Capulet’s attitude is different from that of her husband. Her relationship with Juliet is very strained, as she doesn’t know much about her daughter; “Thou knowest my daughter’s of a pretty age” shows how well she knows her daughter. When she discovers that Juliet doesn’t want to marry Paris, she calls her a fool and hands the situation over to her husband. After Capulet’s final speech, Juliet turns

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