Juliet is the one we are supposed to sympathise with: against her father, against her mother and the whole world in fact. Lust is always in a hurry. Carolyn, Ruth Swift, Gayle Green and Carol Thomas Neely. Shakespeare chose not to make the character Juliet conform because his play was a dramatic tragedy, written to entertain audiences. I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face And you be mine, I'll give you to my friend; And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets! A major reason for this, as well as much of the conflict in the tale, comes from the gender roles that Romeo and Juliet are expected to play into.
She is an ineffectual mother, relying on the Nurse for moral and practical support. Montague clearly loves his son deeply and at the beginning of the play, worries for him as he recounts to Benvolio his attempts to find out the source of his depression. Throughout Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, there is an overlaying presence of the typical roles that men and women were supposed to play. The Role of Women The role of women at this time was to be good wives, daughters, and mothers. Elizabeth, of course, was not above playing with gender distinctions when it was to her advantage. Which was extremely limited and oppressive! As the primary person who raised Juliet, she is Juliet's confidante and effectively more of a mother to the girl than Lady Capulet.
Presumably, he is also wealthy, and is always in feud with Capulet. Shakespeare portrays Juliet in a way that defies these standards for women and gives her an uncommon strength contrary to society. I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. They both bring an exciting element of comic relief and also a sense of tragedy that shapes the outcome of the plot and the plays fatal ending. Incidentally, the Valentine of Two Gentlemen borrows heavily from Romeus in , which Shakespeare later used to create Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare's play contains a diverse cast of characters. She effectively rebels against her father's authority by giving her innocence to Romeo without approval.
It can be observed that students themselves are concerned about their roles as male or female as they make educational and vocational choices which will affect the rest of their lives. And she has some gender challenges of her own: how can she become a woman if her parents keep bossing her around? Juliet is the dominant one in her relationship with Romeo, inverting the gender roles stereotypical to 16th century Elizabethan society. He wishes Benvolio better luck. Parents have a duty to make certain decisions for their children, as they did in the 16th century, however at that time a girl or women would barely ever make her own decisions, these would be made by her parents. Romeo has to get out of Verona because he can be executed for the king. Throughout the entire play, Lady Capulet is an extension of her husband, promoting his judgments and requests. The women have all been portrayed as dependent characters, but in fact they have inner strength and are a lot cleverer in the subtle ways that make them seem superior to the men.
He appears again in act four, scene five in a brief scene with a number of musicians. He first punishes Capulet and Montague for the quarrel between Tybalt, Benvolio, and a handful of servants. Obviously this isn't the first time it's happened. At this time, the nurse shows her love for Juliet once again. Scholars have pointed out that Valentine is more strongly connected to a major character than other ghosts, as he is given a direct connection to his brother.
The chief worry of Elizabethan males was to get the Queen married off to someone so she could produce children. They are expected to be obedients and followers of men in their families. There is not that much respect for women. A plethora of characters in the play such as Capulet, do in fact represent people of this era. Prentice Hall Literature, Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes. In 1968 the part of Balthasar was played by in.
Women compared to men in Verona were considered weak, inferior and were considered much more of a object for men to keep. Shakespeare has crafted Juliet through characterisation speech and action as a character that culturally and socially defies Gender roles, marries younger than the social normality and is not looked down upon after taking her life. Tybalt is first seen coming to the aid of his servants who are being attacked by the Montagues' servants. Indeed a great deal of what happens is due to circumstances very much in the control of Romeo and Juliet. She is the personal servant and former of 's.
Yet these qualities that make him uniquely Romeo are what draw Juliet in toward him to shine forth in strength and merge her heart with his. The rhetorical form is called , wherein characters participate in a short, quick exchanges of one-upmanship. I think the ending is a but stupid! An eagle, madam, Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye, As Paris hath. This is an attempt to make light of the sexually subservient lifestyle a woman must become comfortable with when she becomes a fertile age. In addition to the play's protagonists, and , the play contains roles for members of their respective families and households; Prince Escalus, the city's ruler, and his kinsman, ; and various unaffiliated characters such as and the. Juliet is informed of her impending marriage to Paris.
Lady Capulet treated Juliet as a naïve young girl with no knowledge and feelings of her own. There is clear argument for the validity of this line of study in a high school or college setting. When Tybalt is killed in Act 3, she expresses extreme grief and a strong desire for revenge on Romeo by wishing death upon him. Discuss the passage of time throughout Romeo and Juliet. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night. He kills himself at Juliet's grave, moments before she awakes; she kills herself in turn shortly thereafter. Juliet and the Nurse do the best job of portraying the female gender roles throughout the tragedy The main male character in Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo, is a young man whose heart is filled with despair because he is unable to obtain the apple of his eye: Juliet.