Romeo And Juliet Standards

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Exploring the reasons behind why two people could not be together, social acceptance and standards is the most prominent factor. Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice are both popular love dramas where social acceptance and standards ruined what two people had. Though Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet are 50 years or more apart from each other, difference in social acceptance and standards was always an issue. Every society, no matter what year, undergoes a continuous process of adaptation and adjustment to survive and maintain the status quo or to grow, develop and evolve. Different levels, segments and aspects of the society move simultaneously in different directions, some to resist change and others to foster it. An event can…show more content…
Romeo was from the Montague while Juliet was from the Capulet family. Both were high class aristocrats (Basingstoke, pg 5). The capulets were often seen as more superior and classier than the Montagues. The Montagues were seen as barbarous and loose. The only reason why both families object to Romeo and Juliet being together is because of a family feud that has been going on for decades if not centuries (Basingstoke, pg 5). Pride and Prejudice gives us a peek into the strange dynamics of human relationships. This story presents people in love whose pride and prejudice tend to suppress their true emotions, and highlights the role of social norms in the romantic experiences of people in love. It characterizes the power of reason - that of pragmatism and idealism as standards for love and marriage (Lerner, 69). The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is not in the death of two young lovers, but the failure of society to overcome the social barriers that would have prevented the loss of so many innocent lives. Lord Capulet followed his social role of the father, and felt it was his duty as the man of the house to protect his family and their reputation. His wife, Lady Capulet, took it as her role to sit back and obey her husband, even if in the end it would mean the death of her only daughter. Friar Lawrence's role as a peacemaker leads him to see Romeo and Juliet’s relationship and marriage as an opportunity to stop the family feuding than as two
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