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How is control shown in Romeo and Juliet? (Quotes and analysis)

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In Romeo and Juliet, a play in which impetuosity and failure of judgment prevails, there is little control. However, within the society of Verona, there is a patriarchal control exerted. In the first act, for instance, when the feuding servants and then Tybalt and Benvolio and Lord Montague and Lord Capulet and other citizens enter into fray in the street, Prince Escalus and his train enter. Angered that his citizens are "enemies to peace," he addresses the crowd,

Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets
And made Verona’s ancient citizens.....
Cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate.
If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. (1.1.79-87)
Prince Escalus...

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