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What are examples of familial love in Romeo and Juliet?  

In Romeo and Juliet, Lord Montague and his wife's concern for Romeo's well-being in act 1 is an example of familial love. Benvolio also demonstrates familial love by sympathizing with Romeo's depressing situation and offering him valuable advice to ease his mind. Lord Capulet also displays familial love by speaking highly of Juliet, having her best interests in mind and allowing her the freedom to marry the man of her choice. Romeo demonstrates familial love by refusing to fight Tybalt.

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Lord Montague and his wife demonstrate familial love in act 1, scene 1 by worrying about their son's well-being and instructing Benvolio to discover why Romeo is so depressed and aloof. Following the brief scuffle in the streets, Lady Montague comments that she was glad Romeo was not involved in the melee, and her husband elaborates on Romeo's recent melancholy behavior. However, Lord Montague does not know the source of Romeo's depression and demonstrates his familial love by saying,
Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow,
We would as willingly give cure as know. (act 1, scene 1, line 149)
Lord Montague desires to brighten his son's spirits and ease his mind, which illustrates his familial love for his son. Lord Montague then petitions Benvolio to discover the cause of Romeo's depression. Benvolio also demonstrates his familial love by obeying his uncle's instructions and sympathizing with Romeo's depressing situation.
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