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Romeo And Juliet: Star Crossed Lovers Of The Fourteenth Century

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William Shakespeare wrote the tragedy Romeo and Juliet in sixteenth-century England, though it takes place in fourteenth-century Italy. The play follows the lives of two children from rivaling families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet should never have met, but when Romeo sneaked into the Capulet feast, his eyes laid on Juliet, and he immediately found her the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. Juliet thought the same of Romeo, and the two stole away to get a bit of time alone. Social norms, family expectations, and personal will all factored into Romeo and Juliet’s relationship choices.
Social norms differ greatly between now and the age of Romeo and ...view middle of the document...

Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face,
And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen.” (I.iii.85-88)
She wanted only for Juliet to find Paris attractive, not to get to know him before getting married to him. That part of marriage did not matter in that era. Romeo’s parents, however, do not show that much in the play. They appear first in Act 1, Scene 1, when Romeo mopes around because the girl he “loves,” Rosaline, refuses to return his affections and he does not think that he will ever find another woman he loves as much. At this point, Lord and Lady Montague worry about their son, because he seems to love this girl too much for his own good. They want him to find a different girl, as they do not think that Rosaline will ever give him what he needs in life. Imaginably, though, they do not want him to run off and marry the daughter of the rival Capulet family either. However, the two lovers choose to do so anyway, no matter what their families would think about it if they knew.
The personal choice of the matter goes against the two families, because Juliet’s parents want her to marry Paris, and neither family would want their children to marry into the other. But Romeo and Juliet had fallen in love the instant they saw each other from across the room, and they knew that they did not love anyone before that, nor would they love anyone else after they had met. At...

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