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What is the realtionship between Juliet and her parents as shown in Act 3, Scene 5 of...

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faheema24 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 24, 2012 at 9:29 PM via web

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What is the realtionship between Juliet and her parents as shown in Act 3, Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM (Answer #1)

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This scene comprises a critically disastrous moment in the relationship of Juliet to her parents. Romeo has just left Juliet’s room after secretly spending the night. Lady Capulet comes in the room and they begin discussing the fact that Romeo has killed Tybalt. Of course, at this point Lady Capulet has no idea that Juliet and Romeo are married. So Juliet needs to act the part of the outraged cousin, and pretend to hate Romeo. She is engaging in deception with her mother when she says, “Indeed, I never shall be satisfied With Romeo, till I behold him--dead—“ The relationship between Juliet and her mother, which had formerly been at least honest, if not warm, is now affected by Juliet’s lie. Things just get worse when Lord Capulet shows up and says that he intends to wed Juliet to Paris. Juliet refuses and her father is enraged, fuming at Juliet “Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face.” Now, not only is Juliet deceiving her parents, she is also engaging in outright rebellion.

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farthingale | Salutatorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 1:28 AM (Answer #2)

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Hi,

The relationships between Juliet and her parents are quite ambivalent. Juliet's parents love their daughter but they do not want to make what we call a misalliance. Juliet is torn or rather divided between reason and passion. She doesn't want to disobey her parents but she loves Romeo. At this stage passion is stronger than reason. This event gives a great impetus to the whole play but also triggers her loss. It doesn't mean that she hates her parents but only that she yearns for emotional gratification, love and affection.

I hope it will be helpful.

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@ZacEgs

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM (Answer #3)

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Act III, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet shows us a few things about Juliet's relationship with her parents.

The first we see is that Juliet does not trust her mother in the same way that she trusts her nurse. We actually see Juliet lie a few times in this scene. First she lies in allowing her mother to continue to believe that she is weeping over Tybalt's death, and then she allows her mother to believe that she wants to seek revenge for Tybalt's death and that she hates Romeo, even that her "heart abhors / To hear him named."

Another thing we see, is that both parents seem genuinely concerned and heartbroken to see Juliet grieving so much. Lady Capulet begs her daughter to "have done" with weeping, and that, "Some grief shows much of love; / But much of grief shows still some want of wit." Likewise, Lord Capulet describes his daughter as a ship sailing in the tempestuous seas of her tears in the line beginning with: "Thou conterfeit'st a bark, a sea, a wind: / For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea..."

The final thing we see is that Lord Capulet expects a relationship from his daughter that is complete obedience. Likewise, her mother expects Juliet to do as he commands, saying when Juliet refuses to marry Paris, "I would the fool were married to her grave!," in other words, I wish she were dead. Lord Capulet even begins hurling insults at their daughter, telling her to get out. Her mother's final exit lines are "I have done with thee."

Hence, Juliet's relationship with her parents is a very delicate one. She feels no trust in them, nor do they truly care about what she wants. While her parents may argue that a happy wedding day would abate Juliet's grief, the truth is that they are eager to see her in a prestigious marriage.

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