William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
The Role of the parent and parent substitutes in the tragedy "Romeo
In this essay I will explore the influence of parents and parent
substitutes in the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet".
Two families the Capulets and the Montagues have had a long running
feud between them "Ancient grudge" it is then carried on by the
children from both families. A girl from the Capulet house and a boy
from the Montagues meet and fall in love but it is all to end in
terrible consequences. "Star crossed lovers take their lives".
The parents in Verona at the time when the play was written wanted
their children to be ...view middle of the document...
The feud has brought both families to hate each other. Even though the
feud is lead by the parents the hatred has been passed down to the
next generation this means that the children and the servants of both
the families live in a world of brawls and fighting. Tybalt is a
cousin of Juliet and Kinsman to the Capulet parents is the most
involved in the feud and enjoys the fighting. Any sight of a Montague
and Tybalt would be eager to start a fight. At a party held by the
Capulets Tybalt notices Romeo
"Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it
not a sin"
He is only held back by Lord Capulet. The words that Tybalt says means
that he would kill a Montague and It wouldn't matter. If Tybalt were
not such a strong believer in the feud then he would not have murdered
the people that he did. The feud caused Tybalt to kill Mercutio a
friend to Romeo whose last words were a curse upon the feud and the
"A plague on both your houses"
This was a prophecy and an example of dramatic irony this meant that
something bad would happen to the families and the audience knew this.
The nurse is a servant of the Capulet family who looks after Juliet as
motherly figure other than Juliet's actual mother. The nurse feels
that men do not respect their wife or woman as much as they should.
"No less, nay bigger, women grow by men".
This means that men make women pregnant (then they don't care).
She wants Juliet to get married but it doesn't matter whom. She wants
Juliet to marry Paris so that she and Juliet do not get in trouble
with Juliet's parents but she also wants Juliet to marry who she wants
and suggests that she marries Romeo "Then hie you hence to Friar
Lawrence's cell there stays a husband to make you a wife" this may
have contributed towards the tragedy at the end of the play. If they
had never married then the doomed plan at the end of the play would
have been avoided.
The Friar is an important character in the play; he is a friend of
both families and is a possible link between them. He is a close
friend and teacher to Romeo so is much closer to the Montagues. When
Romeo and Juliet fell in love the friar took this as an advantage and
got them married. He believed that the marriage would stop the feud.
"In one respect I'll thy assistant be: for this alliance may so happy
prove to turn your households' rancour to pure love" The friar made a
plan that would let Romeo and Juliet live their life in peace from
their parents and away from the feud. His plan meant that the two
could meet in private and run away together. However, an important
part of the plan failed and it lead to the tragedy of them both
committing suicide. This means that the friar may be responsible for
Romeo and Juliet, both still young, have grown up...