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The Role Of Family Issues In Romeo And Juliet

1451 words - 6 pages

Is family always the cause of issues? Does the audience know how much our family reflects on our opinions? Everything that anyone does reflects on us, depending on our gender, age group, family, or ethnic background. If you think that families are hard on each other then think of Romeo and Juliet’s families, including Capulet, Lady Capulet, Tybalt, Nurse, Montague, and Lady Montague, and how they played the ultimate role in Romeo and Juliet's deaths.
Namely, Capulet plays a huge role in how much pressure Romeo and Juliet have to endure in order to follow their family’s wishes. If Capulet had just agreed to Juliet originally marrying Paris and not said “My child is yet a stranger in the world,/She hath not seen the change of fourteen years;/Let two more summers wither in their pride/Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride,” (1. 2. 8-11) then they wouldn’t have had to deal with their death’s. This shows that her father, Capulet, cares about her and what she wants. As the play goes on the audience sees that Capulet changes and starts to think that Juliet needs to marry Paris because he is a great count, and he then goes on to call her names. One might think that this pushed her to grow closer to Romeo and ignore her parents wishes. At the time in history that Romeo and Juliet is placed it is very uncommon to not respect your parents wishes and what they think is best for you. In a sense, parents at that time controlled their kids.
In contrast to Capulet, Lady Capulet pushes Juliet to marry Paris even more. As we read Romeo and Juliet, we see that Lady Capulet wants what is best for her daughter, but she pushes her daughter so hard that she falls in love and marries another man that her parents don’t like. This can be portrayed as an act of rebellion, as “typical” in teenagers, but it can also be more than that because Lady Capulet did that, she is most likely the biggest person in Romeo and Juliet that caused their deaths. At the end of the play Lady Capulet says “O me! This sight of death is as a bell/That warns my old age to a sepulcher” (5. 3. 214-215). This ensures that her death is near, and it is a warning. The reader may interpret this as she is overreacting and possibly has nothing to worry about whereas another reader may think it means that she will die soon because her daughter died. Overall, Lady Capulet can be overdramatic about anything and everything that is set in front of her like her daughter dying or when Juliet refuses to marry Paris. Juliet said in Act one Scene three lines one through one hundred and five that she did not want to marry Paris, overall, Lady Capulet would be classified as a “pusher.”
In addition to Juliet’s parents, Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, instigated a fight between himself and Romeo. This is what caused Romeo to be banished from Verona to Mantua. This is what started Juliet wanting to leave Verona to be with Romeo in Mantua. This started Romeo not finding out about Juliet faking her...

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