“Lady Capulet: ’Marry, that ‘marry’ is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married?’
“Lady Capulet: ‘Well, think of marriage now. Younger than you, Here in Verona, ladies of esteem, Are made already mothers.’”
Juliet: ‘It is an honour that I dream not of’” [...]
Act 1, Scene 3- Old vs. Young
“Friar Lawrence: ‘Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.’” [...] “‘Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.’”
Act 2, Scene 3- Old vs. Young
“Lady Capulet: ‘So shall you share all that he doth possess By having him, making yourself no less.’” [...]
“Juliet: ‘I’ll look to like, if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endart mine eye’”[...]
[What is happening] In Act 1, Scene 3, Lady Capulet, the mother of Juliet, asks her daughter whether or not she wants to get married. Juliet replies by saying that she is not too fond of the idea. She is not definitely against it, but it was certainly not something she dreams of happening. Lady Capulet responds by saying that Juliet should soon think of marriage, as many people even younger than her are already becoming married and having kids in the city of Verona. [How theme is shown] This relates to the theme of the old vs. the young because it displays the traditional split that often occurs between parents and their children. As seen in this quote, the old has different beliefs on love than the younger, more “rebellious” Juliet. Lady Capulet believes Juliet should soon marry, yet Juliet does not feel personally prepared to embark on a marriage. This difference in beliefs regarding love creates conflict that hurts a positive relationship between the two. The tradition of getting married early that Lady Capulet believes in doesn’t correspond with Juliet's beliefs. [What it says about theme] This quote tells us about the theme of old vs. young that the split between tradition and rebellion amongst parents and child are inevitable to avoid in their relationship. In the quote, Lady Capulet, the mother of Juliet, has different opinions regarding love than Juliet, an aspect that hurts a positive relationship between the two The quote stresses the importance of maintaining positive bonds with loved ones, as a lack of this can result in loved ones becoming disconnected from each other, like Lady Capulet and Juliet. Even though this loss of connection may be inevitable to avoid, loved ones must be able to find something else they can bond over to prevent a negative relationship. This quote can connect with many people, and make them realize that it is normal for loved ones to have different opinions, yet a way to reconnect with each other is crucial in maintaining a positive relationship.
[What is happening] In Act 2, Scene 3, Friar Lawrence, a religious leader, scolds Romeo for wanting to marry Juliet hours after he recently broke up with Rosaline. The Friar asks if Rosaline is already forgotten and replaced with a new girl. He then goes on to mention that men don’t truly love girls based on their personality. Rather, they merely only love a girl for the way they look. Later in the scene, the friar offers a warning to Romeo before his marriage with his new love, Juliet. He tells them to take their relationship slow and steady, as a relationship taken too quickly, too soon, can result in issues between the couple. [How theme is shown] This demonstrates the theme of the old vs. the young because it highlights the different traditions regarding love that exist between different generations. Friar Lawrence, a member of an older generation, believes that love should be taken slowly, and that relationships should not begin immediately after one ends. Opposing this belief is Romeo, a member of a younger generation. Unlike Friar Lawrence, he believes a quicker style of love is normal, as seen when he wanted to marry Juliet after only knowing her for a few hours. The different opinions aren’t necessarily right or wrong, they merely just provide different perspectives on the topic of relationships. However, these differing opinions do hurt the relationship between the Friar and Romeo. [What it says about theme] This quote shows that positive relationships can be hurt due to different opinions not just between parents and child. As seen in this quote, it can occur between people who aren't’ blood relatives, such as Romeo and the Friar. The main aspect that largely creates these difference of opinions is primarily due to age, as people of different generations are exposed to different views as they grow up.
[What is happening] In Act 1, Scene 3, Lady Capulet speaks of a man named Paris, the prince of Verona’s kinsmen. Lady Capulet, being fond of Paris, asks her daughter, Juliet, if she will express feelings of love towards Paris during that night’s masquerade feast. Juliet replies by saying that she will merely only look at Paris, but she will not try to get his love. [How theme is shown] This quote displays the theme of old vs. young because it shows the lack of trust that is often created between people of different generations as a result of a difference in beliefs. In this scenario, the difference of beliefs revolved around love. Lady capulet wanted Juliet to date Paris, due to his high social status in the city of Verona. Even though it is clear to the reader that Juliet didn’t have interest in him, she obliges to what her mom says just so she can hear what she wants. This scenario is a traditional scene that often occurs between loved ones of different generations. A difference in beliefs over love of Paris leads to Juliet telling her mom a lie. This untrustworthy relationship is something that could eventually detriment their relationship with each other in the future. [What it says about theme] This quote highlights the tradition vs. rebellion aspect that often results between loved ones of different generations. In this quote, Juliet represents the rebellious side, as she lies to her mother to get out of starting a relationship with Paris. Lady Capulet represents a more traditional aspect of life, as it seems like her culture revolves around loving people based merely on their social status and wealth. However, Juliet represents a more rebellious side, as it seems she cares less about social status, and more about the personality of a guy. This split is something that hurts a positive relationship between the two characters in the story.