Love In Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Romeo and Juliet is set during the Elizabethan period when women had to acquiesce to men. This was known as a patriatical society. It was the time when fathers decided whom their daughters should marry. In the Elizabethan period events such as marriage were more traditional and were taken very seriously as well as the fact that men were more powerful than women. The Elizabethan period was a period of internal peace between the English Reformation and the battles between Protestants and Catholics as well the battles between the Parliament and the Monarchy that repulsed the seventeenth century which relates to the Period that Shakespeare wrote the play because it creates this contrast that people were fighting over reputation for example, Capulet wanting to give his daughter Juliet to a rich and respectable man like Paris rather than someone like Romeo who does not have a reputation in the society. However, In the Elizabethan society men were the ''head of the household'' so the women of the Elizabethan society had no say in anything or anyone as well as not being able to know what the men had been up to because the men were seen as the dominant sex but on the other hand, in the twenty first century the women are mostly controlling the men such as a wife of a footballer. Men that were married were able to masquerade (sleep with another women or cheat) on their own wife's and even if the wife of the husband found out about the situation, she could not have done anything about it. She would either accept the situation or leave the husband but rarely women of the Elizabethan period did that because most of the men in the Elizabethan society were rich. As soon as the play starts, Shakespeare wants the audience to know that there is going to be a war between the Capulet's which are Juliet’s family and the Montague's which are Romeos family is. In my opinion, Elizabethan society was not fair because women were treated very inadequately and the men would even use violence towards the women. This is also pointed out by Capulet (Juliet’s father) when he showed his feelings by saying ''My fingers itch'' meaning he wanted to hit Juliet.

At the start of the play it is fairly obvious that Capulet is over protective towards his daughter. Capulet is showing his feelings and emotions when he talks about how his ''child (Juliet) is yet a stranger in the world'' which shows that Capulet is a loving and caring person as well as being a great father. When Paris asks Capulet's permission to marry Juliet, Capulet stated that ''such as I love, and you among the store'' which tells the audience Capulet is ecstatic but anxious about the fact that he is going to lose his daughter at a young age. At this stage, Capulet is keen for Paris to marry his daughter Juliet and plans a party to be held which shows the audience how enthusiastic he is about giving permission for Paris to marry his daughter Juliet which is opposite to what he said about his daughter being a...

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