The Responsiblity The Adults Hold Essay

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Adults, especially parents, are known to take care of their children, steer them away from bad and into good, but at times adults are warped into their children sly actions and are found guiding their loved ones to catastrophe. The parents, at times, fail their young ones in times of need, while still expecting them not to fail. This concept of the failure of adults is portrayed in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet where two young star crossed lovers die for the sake of each other’s love. While the failure of an adult’s role to their children’s lives seems inconceivable, the Capulets, the Nurse, and Friar Lawrence all fail and bear responsibility in the demise of Romeo and Juliet.
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In spite of the rash ruling of her the Capulet, what heighten the whole situation was the neglection of Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet. When Capulet was abusing Juliet, in a way, in marrying Paris and Juliet was refusing to do so, Lady Capulet simply agreed, “Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee” (3.5.203). Instead of loving Juliet tenderly, she drives Juliet alone and desperate for help, which Juliet wretchedly contains her feeling within and at point where it can no longer be contain, she flees to her own deathbed. The parental figures of Juliet, the Capulets, filled their only daughter with isolation and desperation instead of affection and joy that drove her to rebellion and foolish love commitment with Romeo, which had patently tragic consequences.
Despite the fact the Capulets are definite parents of Juliet by blood they are not the only one to have an effect on Juliet life. The parental figure, the Nurse, has raised Juliet since she was a child and because of that she was a primary instigator for the death of Romeo and Juliet. The Nurse also encourages the love between her and Romeo, “This afternoon, sir? She’ll be there” (2.4.90). The Nurse acts as the connection between Romeo and Juliet as they cannot be together in public, since is making plans with Romeo to arrange the marriage the two; however, her doings are irresponsible as the act is being done without the permission of either side’s parents and because of that she could be punished by the Capulets in harsh circumstances. As the fondness between the two carries on, the Nurse still does not intervene with the relationship even after the knowledge of Romeo killing Tybalt. As the Nurse returns to Juliet to burden her with the news of Tybalt’s death while complaining how horrible man Romeo is for killing her dearest friend, she continues to unite the two lovers even with the banishment of Romeo, “Hie to your chamber. I’ll find Romeo / To comfort you. I wot well where he is. / Hark ye, your Romeo will be here at night. / I’ll to him. He is hid at Lawrence’ cell” (3.2.139-142). Juliet refuses to sulk for Tybalt’s death when Romeo is banished for committing the act of killing him. Even though the Nurse attempt to rationalize Juliet’s thoughts by seeing the sin her husband has committed, she gives in to that the banishment of her husband is worse than a “thousand killings of Tybalt” (3.2.114), which is foolish and careless for the Nurse to fall into the depths of clouded mind of a star crossed lover since the obsessive behaviour of Juliet will lead her to rash decision for the sake of her love and the Nurse failed to steer her away from that emotion. The Nurse persists to lead Juliet to the right path, hinting that infatuation with Romeo will advance to dire consequences; however, she does not stay true to her words. When the Nurse arrives to the conclusion to marry Paris, she has spoken too late for Juliet to deeply process what is better in the future, “I think it best you married...

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