Discuss the relationships between parents and children in "Romeo and Juliet". 

Both sets of parents love their children. For instance, Romeo's parents express concern for his depression at the beginning of the play and are heartbroken upon learning of Romeo's banishment. Juliet's relationship with her parents, particularly her father, is developed a bit more, and while they care for her, their relationship with her degrades throughout the play as they insist she marry Paris. Of course, both Romeo and Juliet's parents are devastated when they learn their children have died.


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Let us first examine the relationship between Romeo and his parents and what their actions reveal. We learn, at the beginning of the play, that both Lord and Lady Montague share a deep concern for the welfare of their son. At the end of the brawl between the two feuding families, lady Montague desperately enquires about her son's whereabouts. She asks Benvolio:

O, where is Romeo? saw you him to-day?
Right glad I am he was not at this fray.

Lord Montague makes it clear that he has been observing his son, taking note of his actions. Truly the acts of a caring father. He mentions how Romeo had been keeping to himself, closing his curtains and staying in his room, how he has seen him in tears. He expresses concern for his son's apparent depression, stating:

Black and portentous must this humour prove,
Unless good counsel may the cause remove.

Lord Montague admits that he does not know the reason for Romeo's grievous state and says that he has been shunned by his son, who has refused to talk to him about...

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