Romeo and Juliet Scene

Romeo and Juliet Scene

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  • Act I, Scene III - Young vs. Old
  • Marry, that 'marry' is the very theme I came to talk of!
  • An I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish.
  • Act I, Scene III - Young vs. Old
  • Tell me, daughter Juliet. How stands your disposition to be married?
  • It is an honour that I dream not of.
  • Act I, Scene III - Young vs. Old
  • Speak briefly, can you like of Paris' love?
  • Nay, bigger: women grow by men.
  • I'll look to like, if looking liking move: But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives it strength to fly.
  • Explanation 1
  • In this scene, Lady Capulet and the nurse call for Juliet to join them in her room. When she arrives, the three women discuss marriage and, more specifically, Juliet’s marriage. First, Lady Capulet and Nurse explain their views on marriage which are both extremely traditional. They both think Juliet needs to get married to a wealthy man who can provide for her. This shows the theme of Old Vs. Young because Juliet and her elders views differ dramatically. Though she hasn’t voiced her opinion yet, her silence shows she doesn’t want to explain her views to her tradition oriented family for fear of a reaction. The “old” side of the argument is so set on the idea of marrying Juliet off that they refer to it as a wish which further shows the extremes of this theme demonstrated in this scene.
  • Explanation 2
  • In this part of scene III, Juliet finally tells her mother and Nurse that she isn’t actively looking to get married and that she isn’t going to marry anyone she isn’t in love with. This comes as a shock to the two older women who spent the first half of the scene pouring their views on marriage onto Juliet and they become confused. This shows the theme of Old vs. Young because the two women are unable to understand Juliet’s point of view because it’s newer and more seen in newer generations. This battle persists because both sides refuse to acknowledge the validity of the other side in the argument over marriage. Therefore, they won’t come to a compromise and the battle of Old vs. Young will persist.
  • Explanation 3
  • In this part of scene III, Lady Capulet asks Juliet is she is willing to at least try to love her suitor Paris to which Juliet responds that she will meet him but will not force herself to fall in love with him. This shows the theme of Old Vs. Young because the two groups separated by a generational difference tried to find a compromise but were unable to do so. With Lady Capulet’s request, she asked Juliet to see things from her point of view which is something extremely difficult because Juliet and her age group have their own perspective on the matter, However, conversely, Lady Capulet is unable to conform to the way Juliet thinks which is why she makes the request in the first place therefore highlighting the struggle between older and younger generations.
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