Comparing Relationships in Romeo and Juliet and Great Expectations

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It is very much affected by prominent views of the public such as patriarchy. In the medieval world of Verona in Elizabethan England, fathers were entirely in charge the household as they were viewed as dominate and more powerful.
In the beginning, Lord Capulet is illustrated to be concerned that marriage to the “Gallant” and “noble” County Paris is too sudden for his daughter. "My child is yet a stranger in the world; she hath not seen the change of fourteen years." This initially portrays Capulet as fatherly and protective over his daughter, as would be expected. "My will to her consent is but a part.” From this, we can assume Lord Capulet also considers Juliet's feelings about the marriage and desires her willing compliance. However I think behind the obvious image of caring, Shakespeare is mocking the society, family and wealth because he arranges for this to take place. Capulet tells Paris that although she is "free to choose" her own mate, it must be from a narrow pool that he has approved of, and what's more, he has already selected Paris. He sees no reason why his daughter would object.
A familial relationship is also evident in Great Expectations between Abel Magwitch and Pip. From when they first meet on the marshes, their relationship is only a seed of what will grow to be an affectionate and caring bond. ‘Yes, Pip, dear boy, I've made a gentleman on you!" Magwitch has…