The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Betrayal is often showcased openly in all types of media as it creates irony, suspense, and drama. In the play Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, he shows many different types of disloyalties. Shakespeare uses the idea of betrayal in a negative way, which creates a lot if irony and drama in the play. Juliet is betrayed the most in the play, first by both her parents, the Nurse fails in supporting Juliet and her decision of not wanting to marry Paris, and lastly, the Friar does not understand Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other. To begin with, Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet, parents to Juliet both are unfaithful to Juliet; her parents are unable to understand her. Capulet, father to Juliet shows this deception when he says “Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.” (III.5.190). her father lacks sympathy towards Juliet and her reference of not wanting to marry Paris. Moreover, he then threatens to disown her if she does not wed Paris; not really leaving her with a choice. On the other hand, Lady Capulet does the same, instead of supporting her daughter when she most needed it she walks away. Lady Capulet states “Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.” (iii.5.204-205), proving that she walks away from her responsibilities of being a mother. Instead of being Juliet’s support, and being there when she needed her mother the most. Lady Capulet walks away expressing that she does not want to communicate

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