How would you describe the relationship between Romeo and his parents from the early scenes?

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In the early scenes of the play, Romeo’s parents show themselves to be loving and concerned parents.  After the families argue and are given the ultimatum by the Prince, Montague expresses his concern about Romeo’s state of mind.  “Many a morning hath he there been seen, / With tears augmenting the fresh morning dew…Away from the light steals home my heavy son, / And private in his chamber pens himself” (Act I, Sc. 1).  Romeo’s father is worried about him, and he wants Benvolio to talk to Romeo. “Black and portentous must this humour prove, / Unless good counsel may the cause remove” (Act I, Sc. 1). The words black and portentous indicate that Montague thinks something will go wrong if they do not help Romeo change his mood.

Romeo’s parents also show their love for him in this part of the play.  After the Prince leaves, Lady Montague asks Benvolio where Romeo is: “O, where is Romeo? saw you him to-day?  Right glad I am he was not at this fray” (Act I, Sc. 1).  Though she is worried about not seeing Romeo, she is also very happy that he was not involved in the earlier conflict between the families.  Montague also expresses his love when he says, “Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow. We would as willingly give cure as know” (Act I, Sc. 1).  Romeo’s father wants to know what is wrong with his son, but more importantly, he wants to help him get over it.