How Family status affects family dynamicIn his works William Shakespeare illustrates the

How Family status affects family dynamic.In his works, William Shakespeare, illustrates the seemingly inevitable detrimental effects of rigid, social structures on the family dynamic. This is very evident in the play, Romeo and Juliet, with the unwavering feud between the Montague and the Capulet’s. This is made evident through many different motifs and themes used through his play like, Marriage, Honor, and Communication. Peer pressure is another method used by the family in order for their children to be submissive and follow orders. As William Shakespeare’s iconic Romeo and Juliet opens, the audience learns right away that the play is about two rival families, ‘both alike in dignity,/In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,/From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean’ (I.prologue.1-4). This will be a major issue for Romeo and Juliet as the play goes on. They foreshadow the fate of them both “From forth the fatal loins of these two foe /A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life /Whole misadventured piteous overthrows/Do with their death bury their parents’ strife./The fearful passage of their death-marked love,/And the continuance of their parents’ rage,/Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove,/Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;/The which, if you with patient ears attend,/What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. (Prologue.5-14.). The rivalry between the families extends even to friends of the family, as we see with Romeo’s friend Mercutio. This is another for a peer pressure from people in his close circle, which is due to Romeos social status.William Shakespeare’s characters allow social norms of their times to manipulate familial interaction and behavior negatively. My three major key points will be marriage. Marriage is often used for power moves. This shows the betrothel that went one during those times, which was often a tradition. It was always important for the woman to produce an heir to the throne. In Romeo and Juliet they fall in love but since their families are feuding the are forbade to see each other. A family’s name was always very important during these times. You see Juliet wishes Romeo was a Capulet and telling him to deny his father’s name which was a very bad thing in those days. “JULIET /O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?/Deny thy father and refuse thy name,/Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,/And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.(2.2.36-39) They are so in love and wanting to be together that they risk dishonoring their family to be together. During on important seen, Juliet’s nurse says she approves of their union “Pray /you, sir, a word. And as I told you, my young lady bade me inquire you out. “/what she bade me say, I will keep to myself. /But first let me tell you, if you should lead her into a fool’s paradise, as they say, /it were a very gross kind of behavior, as they say. /for the gentlewoman is young; /and therefore, if you should deal double with her, / truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing.” (2.4.165-174) Romeo and Juliet get married, in Act 2 Scene 5. This is huge. They are ultimately betraying both their parents. It is a secret marriage an no one knows about it Romeo and get into a duel later and Romeo can’t kill him because he’s married to Juliet, but doesn’t know that “ROMEO: /I do protest I never injured thee/But love thee better than thou canst devise/Till thou shalt know the reason of my love. /Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee/Doth much excuse the appertaining rage/To such a greeting. Villain am I none./Therefore farewell. I see thou know’st me not.TYBALT: Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries/That thou hast done me. Therefore turn and draw.ROMEO: I do protest I never injured thee/But love thee better than thou canst devise/Till thou shalt know the reason of my love./And so, good Capulet, which name I tender/As dearly as my own, be satisfied. (3.1.63-73)And so, good Capulet, which name I tenderAs dearly as my own, be satisfied. (3.1.63-73)My next point is Honor, it is used in all his plays. There is a lot of nominal prestige in his plays. Just because their name is highly ranked, they are allowed to act a center way. The family also used to use that to their advantage because they were a certain “pedigree. You see this in the beginning of Romeo and Juliet when Prince Escalus looks all Verona and all the turmoil he must deal with. “Rebellious subjects

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