The Role Of Forbidden Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a world famous play that was first performed in 1594, written by William Shakespeare. Forbidden love is considered the most influential type of love in the play. In fact, it is parental love which is extremely prominent and the most significant type of love in the play Romeo and Juliet. This type of love can be between a parent and child or a guardian and child. The parent is meant to lead, guide, and protect and not all of the guardian figures in the play do that. Considering the actions and words of Lord and Lady Capulet, Lord and Lady Montague, and the Nurse, determines that parental love influences the play and the fate of young Romeo and Juliet. Lord and Lady Capulet are the parents of Juliet and have a great love for their only daughter. The Capulet parents do not show their love in the typical way at the beginning of the play and the fact that Juliet does not realize their love influences her choices. Capulet believes he is doing the right thing for his daughter by marrying her to Count Paris. Lord Capulet states: “O’ Thursday let it be: o’ Thursday, tell her, She shall be married to this noble earl” (III. iv, 20-21). He thinks he is doing the right thing for his daughter; this marriage might cheer her up because he supposes she is sad about her cousin’s death. Juliet does not recognize her parents are acting the way they are is out of love and she may have made less extreme decisions. Towards the end after the tragic death of their

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