Parent-child relationships are recognized as significant to child development. In Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations, and The Chimney Sweeper, the authors and poet introduces the relationship between parents and children. In this essay I will examine the effect of parents and parent delegation.
In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, there is a clear connection in the relationship between Romeo and his parents and armed conflict is exposed. At the beginning of the play, we grasp that both Lord and Lady Montague measure a broad interest for the contentment of their son. At the borderline of the altercation bounded by the two controversy families, Lady Montague hysterically questions round her son’s location. This is evident when she asks Benvolio: “O, where is Romeo? Saw you him to-day? Right glad I am he was not at this fray.” (Act 2 Scene 1, line 137) Lord Montague clarifies the penetration of his son, and has been commentating his behaviour. This is a sincerely deed of a nurture father. He states how Romeo has been distant, locking himself in his room, and how he witnessed the tears he shed. He conveys his burden for his son’s sudden depression when he says: “Black and portentous must this humour prove, Unless good counsel may the cause remove.” (Act 1 Scene 1, lines 161-162) It is evident that Romeo is undoubtedly gloomy and has no will to disclose in anyone, especially his parents.
In Great Expectations, Dickens uses the relationships bounded by children and their parents to analyse the themes of belonging. Pip, the protagonist of the novel, is revealed as an orphan who never met either of his parents. This provides the reader with information that Pip was not part of a regular or ideal family and has never been taken cared for by his genuine parents. In the beginning of the novel, it comes to our attention that Pip was raised by his sister “by hand”. There is a replication of this phrase in the novel which emphasises the link of the two siblings. It is evident that Pip’s sister acts as a mother figure to him and maintains the characteristics of an arrogant mother. However, Pip had a brother-in-law in contempt of his relationship with his sister. Joe is entirely viewed as a father figure to Pip. Dickens has granted various relationships in the novel, but the relationships Pip has come across with certain individuals in his life are more fascinating.
In The Chimney Sweeper, the father misuses his domination and abandons his child by trading him. In the poet’s efforts, parents are viewed as outlaw and restraining their children. Their own anxiety and guilt are shared to the generation to follow through their will to “protect” children from their greed and lust. Instead of giving children a sense of freedom by being cheerful and looking after their well-being, parents ill-treat “care” to restrain children and crunch them to their own will. The poet introduces the flaws of human parents when the “Little Boy Lost” is deserted by his father and recaptured by his Heavenly Father. The parents of the “Little Boy Lost” grieve when their son is blistered conscious for sin. Both mother and father are disheartened by their child’s mentality in bantling agony. The roles of mother and father are characterized by civilization and this continuous concept grants Blake to indicate the defect humankind.
In order to grasp the parent-child relationship, we must scrutiny the approach that parents and children reach out to each other. It is without doubt that three texts above have strong evidence of effectiveness of the relationship between parents and children.