Why wouldn't this be a possible solution to Romeo and Juliet's problems?Why wouldn't it solve Romeo and Juliet's problem if she had just told her parents she was married to Romeo?  

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In those days, kids had to marry whoever their parents told them to marry.  Nowadays, if you're old enough, you go and marry who you want and your parents can't really do anything about it.  In those days, Juliet's parents could probably have gotten the marriage annulled because they didn't consent to it.

In addition, look how mad Juliet's parents got when she seemed to be balking at marrying Paris.  Her dad, especially, got outraged and she hadn't even openly defied him.  If she admitted to getting married behind his back, it would have been really bad news for her.  It could be that he even would have physically harmed her.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Let's not forget that this marriage took place in a day and age of arranged marriages. Nor let us forget that Lord Capulet had already arranged for Juliet to marry Paris. In addition, one factor that went along with arranged marriages was a dowry that went along with the promise of marriage. Marriage was a business arrangement, and Lord Capulet had given his word and more than likely been compensated handsomely for it. It was a binding contract, and Juliet had agreed to it, even though her father did not need her consent.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the points already made, it is within the characterization of the young, impetuous, and illogical youths that they are secretive about their actions.  After all, is that not typical of teenagers to be this way?

mimaestro | Student

Hi richardlin

A student asked a similar hypothetical question in one of our Shakespeare classes, and another student compulsively answered the question before the teacher:

"If it had happened so, Shakespeare wouldn't have written this play!"

And the teacher repeated what the student said, with a sly look and smile :

"If it had happened so, Shakespeare wouldn't have written this play!"


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