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Comparing Relationships In Romero And Juliet And Great Expectations

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The familial relationship between Juliet and her father, Lord Capulet, is quite ambivalent. It is very much affected by prominent views of the public such as patriarchy. In the medieval world of Verona in Elizabethan England, fathers were entirely in charge the household as they were viewed as dominate and more powerful.
In the beginning, Lord Capulet is illustrated to be concerned that marriage to the “Gallant” and “noble” County Paris is too sudden for his daughter. "My child is yet a stranger in the world; she hath not seen the change of fourteen years." This initially portrays Capulet as fatherly and protective over his daughter, as would be expected. "My will to her consent is but a ...view middle of the document...

Lord Capulet's response to Juliet's "disobedience" is violently harsh. Juliet refuses to marry Paris after her father had gone through great trouble of organising an arranged marriage for her, ‘He shall not make me there a joyful bride’. She reacts in an adverse way and rejects the idea, so naturally Capulet is too pleased, ‘hang thee young baggage’ The goal for the lord Capulet here, is to scare and humiliate her, he also threatens to disown her for being ungrateful, “Get thee to church a’thursday, or never after look me in the face.” If daughters refused to marry, they would ideally be disowned, it was a silent threat that was hidden underneath every happy Elizabethan family. Just as Capulet’s behaviour so drastically contrasts from when Juliet was obeying him to when she spoke out.. “Disobedient Wretch” suggests he not only feels betrayed by his daughter but his compassion and love for his daughter was merely superficial and has evaporated along with the marriage proposal. Juliet still shows respect and submissiveness towards her father, “beseeching” him on her knees and “But thankful even for hate that is meant love”. The paradox used here symbolises how dependent Juliet is on her father, and how she is emotionally forbidden from self-pity. Juliet is further insulted, “Tallow faced green sickness” implying she is a plague and therefore a burden on the Capulet family. Then he proclaims that “one is one too much, we have a curse in having her” and threatens to be “rid of her”. This implies he accepts nothing of her, she is no use to him as a possession that has merely broken; this further proves women in the Elizabethan era were no more than objects that were controlled by the husbands or fathers.
Similarly ‘ungratefulness’ can also be seen in Great Expectations. Once Magwitch reveals how Pip’s lavish lifestyle has been funded, Pip does not feel gratitude but ‘repugnance ‘and ‘abhorrence’ since he realizes he cannot retain social respectability if it becomes known that Pip’s money came from a convict. Remarkably, Magwitch likes what he sees and does not notice Pip's...

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