What is the young vs the old theme in this play?

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One of the three main ways that critics have interpreted the circumstances and occurrences of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is through the motif of impetuous youth against the wisdom and maturity of age.  In Act I, for instance the nobleman Pris asks for the hand of Juliet, but her father, Lord Capulet suggests that his daughter is too young:

My child is yet a stranger in the world,

She hath not seen the change of fourteen years;

Let two more summers wither in their pride

Ere we may think her rip to be a bride....

And too soon marr'd are those so early made (1.2.8-14)

And, in the famous balcony scene of Act II, Juliet herself projects that youthful passion will determine the...

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