Romeo and Juliet Essay

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* * In Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ there are many occasions of family conflict. The largest amount of family conflict is in Act 3, Scene 5. In this scene Capulet forces Juliet to marry Paris by abusing her physically and verbally, he does not only abuse Juliet but Lady Capulet as well. There are distinct changes in the way that the feeling at the Capulet’s house at the beginning to the end. Shakespeare uses rhetorical questions such as ‘doth she not give us thanks?’ this shows that Capulet is incredulous that Juliet refuses his orders to marry Paris. He also uses dramatic irony. * * Capulet comes across as very dominant in Act 3, Scene 5 because he threatens Juliet that he would hang her. He also says ‘get thee to church on Thursday or never look me in the face’. This is in Act 3, Scene 5, this shows that he is ordering Juliet and he is also in control. This can be linked with the fact that males were dominant in Shakespearean times. Also, this can be linked with Tybalt’s dominance in Act 1, Scene 5 when he says ‘I’ll make you quiet’ this shows that it was not only Capulet who was controlling in the play. Tybalt asserts his manliness at the beginning of the play during the fight between him and two of the Capulet servants and Benvolio and two of the Montague servants. * * It is clear from the conversation between Juliet and her father that it was conventional at the time, for daughters to do as their father’s wished. Juliet’s father struggles and eventually establishes power over his daughter. He does this by saying ‘ get thee to church a’Thursday/ Or never look me in the face’. This shows that he is adamant on getting her married otherwise he will disown her. In addition in the scene he also establishes power over the nurse by saying ‘O God-i-goden!’ which means that clear off. This is not a very polite way to talk to anyone even if they

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