roles/equality in Verona
The story of Romeo and Juliet is based on the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues thus it is not surprising that Verona is dominated by masculine tension. As well as masculine tension is also sexual domination and violence a part of the life in Verona.(cf.https://underthefallenleaves.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/romeo-and-juliet-an-exploration-of- gender-roles/)
The very first scene of the play indicates that the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues is also, for the men [Sampson and Gregory, both of the Capulet household], the impetus for an inward rivalry, an inward pressure to masculine self-assertion that cannot be appeased or concluded. (Appelbaum 1997, p.251) This is displayed in the exchange of vulgar jokes of Sampson and Gregory. They talk about how they would push Montagues men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall. Not only does this show how Sampson feels the need to show more content
He portrays a typical man in Verona. As the man, and therefore the head, of the Capulet household, he is supposed to make a decision about when and who Juliet will marry. Juliet is meant to obey him and do what he expects. Therefore when she confesses she will not marry Paris and thereby disobeys him, he loses his temper and tells Juliet that if she doesnt get married to Paris he does not want to see Juliet anymore. He takes it even further and insults Juliet by saying :Wife, we scarce thought us blest That God had lent us but this only child. But now see this one is one too much, And that we have a curse in having her.
If both Lord Capulet and Juliet were not pushed to play a role Juliet would have been able to marry whoever she wants to marry and Lord Capulet had not felt obligated to decide such an important thing for Juliet. Hence, this confrontation had not happened and they would still have a good
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