William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Skye Ozga 26 February 2015 English I honors Mr. Sullivan Hierarchy in the Capulet Household In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, there is a clear hierarchy in the Capulet household. This hierarchy, from bottom to top, follows the traditional feudal social pecking order. At the bottom there are the servants and those employed by the nobility. Next come the kinsmen such as Tybalt, who answer to the immediate family. As in most families, the children, or child in the case of Juliet answer to their parents who are the noble Lord and Lady. Even though this hierarchy is seen prominently throughout the play and is well established in feudal society, there are many instances of the hierarchy being broken, such as the nurse overstepping her boundaries or Juliet 's disobedience to her father -- the ultimate upset. Shakespeare uses the breaking of the hierarchy to demonstrate the weakness, and to a degree incompetence, of the leadership within the families to add to the unrest in the story and to exemplify the need for a strong monarch. With the fragility of this hierarchy being such a crucial aspect to this story, Shakespeare introduces it almost immediately. After the opening sonnet, we see the Capulet guards talking about how much they hate Montagues, then two Montague servants enter and the Capulet guards start a fight with them. While the guards are fighting the servants, Benvolio, a kinsman of Montague, tries to stop them. Tybalt, a Capulet of a similar
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