Exploring the Roles of Parents in "Romeo and Juliet"

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Exploring the Roles of parents in “Romeo and Juliet”

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy play written by Shakespeare. It is set in Verona, Italy during the 13th century, two noble families are feuding and two young lovers, one from each family fall in love. Romeo and Juliet have to keep their love a secret due to the ongoing war between their families. This suggests that their relationship with their parents is not one of trust. Relationships between children and parents then and now are very different because today parents are much closer to their children emotionally however in the time the play was set in the parents and children were distant from each other, this may be because nowadays parents are the prime carers but then people would
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He may have done this because he wanted the audience to see the way parents can have different views of their children. Capulet has this image of her being perfect but when she disobeys him there is an argument which reduces him to a idiot in the eyes of the audience because he mimics Juliet and her mother is cold towards her all throughout the play.

In many ways, both Romeo and Juliet are much closer to Friar Laurence and the nurse respectively. This is because in those times the parents wouldn’t really be emotionally present for their children so Romeo and Juliet must have sought after someone else in order to depend on emotionally so Juliet had turned to the nurse and Romeo to Friar Laurence. This meant they had enclosed them on their secrets bringing them closer together. When involving them in their love affair they had also left them the responsibility if picking up them pieces.

In Act 2, Scene 5 Juliet is asking the nurse about her secret marriage to Romeo. This scene shows the closeness of Juliet and the nurse because the nurse starts teasing her when sayin “Jesu what haste, can you not stay awhile? Do you not see that I am out of breath?” because she knows that Juliet is really anxious in knowing her news and she’s taking her time in telling her, and then Juliet knowing how to reply to this by complimenting her e.g. “Sweet, sweet, sweet Nurse”. In the Baz Luhrmann film he makes Juliet physically close to each other. When she starts giving her a