Attitudes Toward Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Attitudes Toward Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet I am going examine and discuss the characters attitudes towards love and arranged marriages in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. In the 15th century in Verona, Italy where 'Romeo and Juliet' is supposed to have been set, the attitudes to arranged marriages, where that it was the normal and it was performed to maintain social classes. The plot of this story is around a family feud between the Capulet family and the Montague family. These families have a daughter and a son these two youngsters fall in love at first sight and marry; they are then split up by a murder that takes place and eventually kill themselves, they decide that if…show more content…
In Act 3 Scene 5 she has to break the news to Juliet that she is going to be married the next week, and is involved in the argument the follows this news. The Nurse's attitude towards arranged marriage isn't the issue the Nurse doesn't care really who Juliet marries she just want to see her married and happy, this desire to see Juliet married make her foolish, and treats her as he own daughter as is mentioned in Act 1 Scene 3. She helps in the secret marriage of Romeo and Juliet but then in Act 3 Scene 5 she agrees with the arranged marriage to Paris. I am now going to look at act 3 scene 5 in detail, I'm looking at this specific scene because it is where the attitudes towards arranged marriages come in out in the characters this is triggered by the death of Tybalt and it is the pinnacle scene. At the start of the scene Romeo and Juliet have just consummated their marriage and Romeo has got to leave because if he doesn't he will be killed. Juliet is then told about the arranged marriage to Paris she then argues with her father, the scene finishes with Juliet discussing the situation with the Nurse and coming to a decision on what she is going to do. At the beginning of the scene Juliet is in bed with Romeo after their night together, they are clearly in love "believe me, love" and "Look, love". Romeo needs to leave because he knows that he can not be
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