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Society’s Influence On Youth In William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

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The expectations that society has for its youth has a large impact on their behaviour. Often in novels, the authors will use the faults of society as the largest impact on its youth. William Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet”, is a great way of displaying the ways that young people are affected by the society they live in. Romeo and Juliet, the main characters in the play, are forced to hide the truth from society or they would be shamed upon. Romeo and Juliet must defy society’s unwillingness to solve the conflict between the Montague and Capulet families, in order to follow their desires to be together.
The “ancient grudge” between the Montague and Capulet families is a feud that ...view middle of the document...

The fights that disturb the streets are against the law in Verona. The Prince doesn’t consider taking action to end the conflict between the families, even though it has been going on for so long. When the Prince is ending a fight between Tybalt (an angry person that enjoys a fight) and Benvolio (a person that likes to keep the peace), he says, “Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, / By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, / Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets; / And made Verona’s ancient citizens / Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments, / To wield old partisans, in hands as old, / Canker’d with peace, to part your canker’d hate:” (I. i. 77-82). Prince is unwilling to solve the conflict between the families as a whole, which in the end, is the main cause of the death of the lovers, Romeo and Juliet. With the conflict unsolved, Romeo and Juliet struggle to be together with the limitations that their families and society has for them. The blame that society puts on the two families creates a bigger and long-lasting hatred between them.
Society being hesitant to take a stand in breaking the conflict of the dispute between the Montague and Capulet families is the leading cause of death for many youth in Verona. The errors that Romeo and Juliet make throughout their relationship are influenced by this fault of society. There are fights on the streets that often end in death. The deaths are usually influenced by an argument about the Montague and Capulet families feud. Young Tybalt and Mercutio’s deaths are blamed on the Montague and Capulet feud. When Mercutio is slain by Tybalt he says, “A plague o’ both your houses! / They have made worms’ meat of me: I have it / And soundly...

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