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1 By Daniel Chin and Tony Hao
How does Shakespeare Portray Relationships of Parenthood in Relation to Juliet and her parents and Romeo and his? By Daniel Chin and Tony Hao

2 Introduction Shakespeare uses the relationships of Romeo and Juliet and their parents to portray parenthood to be one of confliction but also affection. The lack of understanding between Juliet and her parents, and the absence of communication between Romeo and his parents conveys the theme of "Youth versus Old". Both sides may differ in values and actions, however there is still love between them.

3 Capulet Family: Lord Capulet + Juliet in Act 1
Capulet cares and supports her daughter "My child is yet a stranger in the world" p.19 "Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she" p.19 Even though it is not evident in some instances, Lord Capulet's world still depends on her, as he shows care and concern for her.

4 Capulet Family: Lady Capulet + Juliet in Act 1
Juliet's relationship between her mother is quite distant "We must talk in secret. Nurse, come back again" p.25 The distant relationship is evident as Juliet and her mother can't communicate without the Nurse. The Nurse is more of a maternal figure for Juliet than her own mother. "Speak briefly, can you like of Paris' love?" p.29 Lady Capulet insists on her daughter marrying Paris, however, her far relationship her doesn't allow her to acknowledge that Juliet isn't looking to marry at her age. She doesn't understand her own daughter, and her beliefs

5 Capulet Family: Lord Capulet + Juliet in Act 3
Juliet disobeys her father later in the play to follow her own beliefs about Romeo "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch" p. 133 After learning that Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris, Lord Capulet begins to threaten and insult her. He doesn't like his authority to be questioned, and he gets angry as the once close relationships begins to separate

6 Capulet Family: Juliet + her parents in Act 4
Juliet begs for forgiveness from her parents as she plans to pledge allegiance to Romeo and drink the vial "Henceforward, I am forever ruled by you" p.149 "God knows when we shall meet again" .p.153 Juliet uses religious imagery to emphasize the calmness and her current state of mind. She promises dedication to her father forever, even though she is going to betray them again

7 Capulet Family: Juliet + Parents in Act 5
After the final death of Juliet, Lord and Lady Capulet realize their lack of understanding of her daughter and the Montagues ended in the death of their daughter "O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's jointure, for no more can I demand" p.199 The Capulets and Montagues realize their situation with the Montagues has caused the death of Juliet and Romeo. They make up and promise to understand each other, after witnessing the consequences of not doing so

8 Montague Family: Montague wants a more intimate relationship with Romeo "himself so secret and so close" Act 1 Scene 1 Montague loves Romeo, therefore worries for him because of his melancholy mood "Would as willingly give cure as know" Act 1 Scene 1 Tries his best to protect Romeo after his guilty murder of Tybalt "His fault concludes but what the law should end, The life of Tybalt" Act 3 Scene 1

9 Montague Family Montague grieves at the death of Romeo
"O thou untaught! what manners is this, To press before thy father to a grave" Act 5 Scene 3 While Lady Montague had previously died of trauma after the exile of Romeo "Grief of my son's exile hath stopped her breath" Act 5 Scene 3

10 Personal Interpretation
The distant relationship between the parent and children is evident through youth vs old age. The Capulets and Montagues try to do what's best for their children, however, they don't realize that the growing family feud has caused all the events to occur. Shakespeare portrays parenthood in context with Capulets and Montagues is that their thoughts and focuses are completely different to what their children think. They are focused on the ever-present family feud, however, the younger generation are focusing on love and being together forever.

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