Female Roles In Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare 's play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, (Romeo and Juliet) includes two very rash, passionate characters who refuse to listen to the demands of their families. This ends with them paying the ultimate penalty, death. In Pamela Berkman’s story, “Duty”, there is a grieving mother who is not grieving as much as one usually would over the circumstances involving the death of their child. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and "Duty" by Pamela Berkman, there are two main female roles that are progressively changing along with the plot and as they interact with other characters and are thus labeled as "complex characters". These characters would be Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Capulet, from "Duty". In Shakespeare…show more content…
In Berkman 's story, "Duty", the interaction between Lady Capulet and Juliet’s Nurse in the catacombs causes Lady Capulet to unveil the actual emotions, feelings, and personality of her character. Lady Capulet 's disgust and sadness at the feelings of Lord Montague towards the death of his son is an example of how Berkman creates the image of Lady Capulet being complex female character. Lady Capulet starts off in this story simply as a mother who must, whether it be because of herself or another, stay strong and not falter under the pressures of life that most other women would. She does not show remorse towards the death of her daughter. According to her, she does not “succumb to the female weakness of fear of blood, or of the dead.” (Berkman 290). Lady Capulet herself is not sure as to whether or not her emotions are the valid ones in this case. She mentions that she would wonder if she “were heartless” (Berkman 290). As the story progresses, she is constantly reminded of her youth. However, according to her, she was not foolish enough to do the things that Juliet did. Starting out, Lady Capulet is strong and she will not falter due to the death of her daughter. However, Berkman, similarly to Shakespeare, develops Lady Capulet into a harsh yet understanding character. This is shown when Lady Capulet states that her…show more content…
Lady Capulet walked into the catacombs as a dispossessed parent. She believed that her daughter, Juliet, died two days previously. Lady Capulets made a choice to remain unaffected by this event. This further advances the plotline of the story, "Duty”, by revealing exposing personal events in her past and revealing the complexity of her character. When Lady Capulet realizes that her daughter had fallen for a boy she had not approved off, she was furious. She says that she “did not succumb to such foolishness” (Berkman 291). Lady Capulet is influenced by this event in which her daughter died for her love and responds with harsh thoughts that support her pride that she did nothing of the sort when she was young. The plot is drastically increased with a further look into the character of Lady Capulet by Friar Laurence. He accuses her of being an “unnatural creature” and asks if she is even a women (Berkman 204). Lady Capulet responds unfazed by this event that she is done with talking with him. She goes onto thinking about how Juliet should have just gone through with the marriage like her. According to her, to make it through the marriage with an unfavorable man, one should clear their mind of any stray thoughts that are not necessary. This shows that Lady Capulet is not exactly happy with her marriage, however,
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