What Do We Learn from Juliets Relationship with Her Father?' Essay

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‘What do we learn from Juliet’s relationship with her father?’ 17.03.13
William Shakespeare’s, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ provides an insight of the experience of women in an Elizabethan society. The play was written in the late 1600’s, and is about two feuding families whose children fall in love. Their love leads to marriage, however, Juliet’s decision to marry Romeo was against her father’s will, this made life even harder for her, as in the 1600’s a women did not have the privilege to choose her husband. This decision was made by her father only. Moreover, she was not allowed to refuse to get married as this meant being disowned by her family. This shows us the unjustness that occurred in the Elizabethan period. Therefore, this
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This was a really uncommon act in the 1600’s as a woman was not allowed to make this decision herself.
Despite the fact that lord Capulet was against Paris and Juliet’s marriage at the beginning, he soon changes his mind. This is proven by the quote; ‘A ‘Thursday let it be- a ‘Thursday, tell her, she shall be married to this noble earl’. The reason towards lord Capulet’s haste was because he did not want his daughter to grief over Tybalts death. This shows us how much he cares for Juliet. In addition to this, lord Capulet believes that Juliet would accept this marriage, as he is all a girl can wish for; wealth and a high status. However, lord Capulet himself is nearly fifty years old while lady Capulet is in her thirties, so he has good reasons to thinking a young wife is trouble. On the other hand, Juliet is his only surviving child, so when young Tybalt is killed unexpectedly in his duel with Romeo, lord Capulet remembers how easily young people die in medieval Verona - and decides that he wants Juliet to marry Paris as soon as possible. This shows us how Capulet’s concern towards Juliet’s future is overpowering his concern towards her feelings.
In act 3 scene 5, lord Capulet approaches his daughter Juliet with the marriage proposal to Paris, through his wife. Lady Capulet enters Juliet room, and mistakes her tears for grief towards Tybalt. She tells her to stop crying and that she is to marry Paris. Juliet’s response is that if she was
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