Unconditional Love In Romeo And Juliet

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A 2005 letter was published in Newsweek magazine. This letter was written by Cpl. Steven Gill, and opened when he did not return home from combat. Cpl. Gill’s letter described a mother’s love as something that cannot be described, but must be felt. That love, “is peace, it is security, it is the warmth of arms wrapped around (you) and the knowledge that no matter what, all will be right in the world as long as (my) mom is holding me” (Gill 2005). The root of William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, is tethered to this sentiment. Contrarily, at first glance the theme of selfishness from Shakespeare’s work appears not to match at all. Unconditional love from Lady Capulet could have shown Juliet the alternative path of a functional family...and of a true mother during her father’s ominous marriage ultimatum. Sadly, Lady Capulet was never present for Juliet, she avoided confrontation, and she abandoned her daughter in her time of need. First off, Lady Capulet was never a mother who was present or involved with her only child. Even if this were customary of a wealthy parent at the time, there is still an extreme lack of connection. When Lady Capulet first calls Juliet forth to broach the idea of a union with Paris, she asks the nurse to leave them alone, “Nurse, give leave awhile. We must talk in secret.” Although almost immediately she calls her back, “Nurse, come back again” (Rom.1.3.8-9). Lady Capulet appeared to not even be comfortable enough to be alone with Juliet
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