If Romeo and Juliet
's parents listened to the young lovers, perhaps things would have ended differently. In Act III, scene v Lady Capulet
doesn't really pay attention to what her daughter says, and misinterprets the situation. When Lady Capulet tells Juliet of her arranged marriage to Paris, Juliet says,
"Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too,
He shall not make me there a joyful bride.
I wonder at this haste; that I must wed
Ere he, that should be husband, comes to woo.
I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,
I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear,
It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,
Rather than Paris..."
Lady Capulet only hears that her daughter will not marry Paris. Capulet does the same thing a few lines later when he only hears his daughter's disobedience. He makes no attempt to truly understand what she says.
Good father, I beseech you on my knees,
Hear me with patience but to speak a word.
Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!
I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face:
Speak not, reply not, do not answer me;
Even after his daughter's plea Capulet refuses to see his daughter as anything but a "disobedient wretch."
When faced with such deaf ears, Juliet feels she has no other choice but to leave her parents.