In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents two families to the audience: the Montagues and the Capulets. These two families, despite their similarities, despise each other and continually battle. The conflict between the two families is almost presented to be natural until Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love. It is here that everything changes. When Romeo and Juliet die, both families apologise for their behaviour and vow to honour each other, thus remembering their children's unjust deaths.
Within the families, there are relationships which contribute to Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths.
In Romeo and Juliet the Capulet and Montague families are presented as:
|How does Shakespeare show this?||Evidence||Analysis|
|Similar||Shakespeare presents the similarities between the two families in the prologue, as he highlights to the audience how they are similar.||"Two households, both alike in dignity."||This shows that the two families are similar. The use of the word "dignity" highlights how the families have similar principles and status in the city of Verona.|
|Warring||In the opening scene, Shakespeare presents the families' servants fighting against each other, for their house's honour. The families themselves quickly get involved and it turns into a fight against each other.||"By thee old Capulet, and Montague, have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets."||This shows the Prince's anger as Capulet and Montague have been involved in another fray on the streets of Verona, upsetting the peace. The families have "thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets" illustrating how the conflict is continuous and despite the Prince's warnings, they still continue to battle against each other.|
|Apologetic and repenting||When the families discover Romeo and Juliet have committed suicide, they apologise for their behaviour and vow to uphold their memory in their hearts.||"O brother Montague, give me thy hand."||This shows that Capulet wishes Montague to forgive him for their previous arguments. Capulet's address of Montague as "brother" illustrates how he wants their relationship to move forward; they are like brothers due to their deceased children's marriage.|
How does Shakespeare present the Nurse's feelings towards Juliet in this quotation?
NURSE: "Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed. An I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish."