Juliet’s to have arranged marriages. Daughter Juliet

March 19, 2019 General Studies

Juliet’s relation with her mother in act 1 scene 3
“Romeo and Juliet” plays in 16th century Verona, it is a tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage lovers. In the play there are two families wich stand in a bitter rivalry, the Capulets, and the Montagues.
In Elizabethan times the society was greatly different than it is today. Men had a much higher influential role than women had, the women and children would have to obey his rules, this is known as a patriarchal society. The average for girls was to have arranged marriages.
Daughter Juliet has a loving but distant relationship with her parents. Lord Capulet seems to care more for Juliet then his wife. As the play progresses it all changes.
Lady Capulet has an obscure and distant relation with her daughter. We know there relationship is formal because when Juliet first enters the room after her mother shouts her and she answers with “Madam I am here. What is your will?” p.26. It suggests that Juliet doesn’t feel comfortable around her. This might have been because in this time period most children of wealthy families were brought up by nannies or servants rather than their own parents, therefore they build a strong relationship with the servant as we see in this play with Juliet and the nurse. One reason we know that Juliet is close to the nurse is that she calls Juliet pet name such as lamb or ladybird, this suggests that the nurse has a strong bond. Even though the nurse isn’t Juliet s mother she feels more like one than Lady Capulet does. Lady Capulet doesn’t call Juliet by her name instead she calls her daughter which is also very formal. When Lady Capulet tells the nurse to leave the room so she can speak to Juliet in private, she then changes her mind and asks her to come back, I gather from this that she feels uncomfortable to talk to Juliet alone and that she doesn’t want to talk to her. She also says “Thou knowest my daughter’s of a pretty age” p.26 which suggest that she doesn’t even know her own daughters age, but the nurse knows Juliet birthday down to the hour, which she states it is on Lammas eve, afterwards she goes in to great detail about her growing up.
In this scene Lady Capulet also is talking about Juliet getting married to Paris. She calls him Valiant this suggests that she is trying to sell him to her daughter so she will agree to the marriage. It also shows that she approves of Juliet getting married to Paris. In her opinion Juliet should already be married when she states “I was your mother much upon these years” p.30 this means that she was pregnant with Juliet at her age and she thinks Juliet should have been in the same position by now. But Juliet hasn’t even thought about getting married yet as she says “It is an honor that I dream not of.” p.30. To me Juliet seems to say this quite abruptly towards her mother like she has snapped at her for saying such a stupid thing. From this scene it seems like Lady Capulet is trying to push Juliet into getting married but it also seems like the nurse is trying to convince Juliet into marrying Paris by saying “why, he’s a man of wax” this means he is so perfect it is as if he has been modeled by wax. But the nurse may think by her saying this Juliet will listen more to her than Lady Capulet because they have a stronger relationship with each other. At the end of this scene we witness how Juliet is still obedient when her mother asks will you get to know Paris at tonight s feast and Juliet replies with “I’ll look to like, if looking liking move” p.30 this means that she will like Paris because her parents want her to like him. She also says “But no more deep will I endart mine eye. Than your consent gives strength to make it fly” from this she means that she will not fall in love until her mother tells her too. This is very obedient, she is willing to try and love someone because her parents want her to and she also still talks to her mother politely and formal.
Lady Capulet doesn’t seem that close to Juliet in this scene the relationship between them seems cold and very distant which is shown mainly by the use of their formal language towards each other, rather than an informal, friendly atmosphere that an audience of today would expect in this society with parents and their children. Lady Capulet doesn’t seem to care what Juliet thinks about marriage, she just orders her about which also suggests that they aren’t close at all.
The audience of the day would have found it normal that a mother wasn’t close to their child as I said before they were brought up by nannies or servants so they didn’t spend quality time together to build a relationship with each other. A 21st century audience would have been shocked at this because they are used to most children getting on with their parents and living in a friendly and loving atmosphere.


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