romeo and juliet

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Romeo and Juliet - The Betrayal of the Adults to Juliet In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet the adults betray Juliet becausethey are unable to understand her. Juliet's parents, Capulet and LadyCapulet, fail to understands Juliet's decision not to marry Paris. TheNurse fails Juliet by not supporting Juliet's decision to remain married toRomeo. The final adult to fail Juliet is Friar Lawrence who does notcomprehend Juliet and Romeo's love for each other. These misunderstandingscause the adults to betray Juliet. The first to betray Juliet is her parents, Capulet and Lady Capulet.Capulet decides to marry Juliet to Paris. When Juliet refuses to do soCapulet threatens to disown her. "...you shall not house with me." (III, v,200) he states. Capulet will only forgive her if she will consent to herfather's decision "...I'll give you to my friend./An you be not hang, beg,starve, die in the streets." (III, v, 203-204) His wife, upon hearingJuliet's decision against marrying to Paris, refuses to give Juliet counsel."Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word./Do as thou wilt for I have donewith thee." (III, v, 214-215) Lady Capulet is angered by Juliet's choiceand wishes "I would the fool be married to her grave." (III, v, 145)Juliet's parents betray Juliet by not supporting Juliet's pleas for themarriage to be delayed a year. Capulet and Lady Capulet do not know Julietis married to Romeo, a fact that may have, yet not likely altered thesecircumstances. Her parent's betrayal causes Juliet to look for comfort fromthe Nurse. The Nurse also fails to support Juliet's choice against marryingParis. Instead of supporting Juliet the Nurse instead believes "I think itis best you marry the county...For it excels your first (marriage)." (III,v, 230, 236) Juliet feels betrayed by this reply as the Nurse "...dispraise my lord (Romeo) with that same tounge/Which she hath praised himbeyond compare/So many thousand times?" (III, v, 249-252) The Nurse's... Continue Reading