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Discuss the relationships between parents and children in "Romeo and Juliet"....

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imirwis | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 27, 2008 at 9:50 AM via web

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Discuss the relationships between parents and children in "Romeo and Juliet". How do Romeo and Juliet interact?

Continued: ..with their parents and how do their parents feel about them?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 3, 2008 at 9:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Romeo and Juliet are very much like today's average teens. Both seem to want independence from their parents and do what they think is right without thinking about their parents along the way. Romeo's parents show concern for him in the first Act of the play when they realized that he has not been acting like himself and question his friend Benvolio in order to try to help him. Juliet's father treated his daughter as any father in the 1300s might -- he tells her that she has to follow his rules or else. This is evident when she refuses to marry Paris, and Lord Capulet threatens to "give her to his friend". As a woman in the 1300s, Juliet's mother could not go against anything that her father has said but it does seem that she has some concern for her daughter. In the end, both sets of parents are upset by the situation -- Romeo's mother was distraught to the point that she commits suicide. They care enough about their children at this point to end the century-old fight that has been going on between the families in their childrens' honor.

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