Everybody has heard of the famous play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare but, hardly anyone knows that it was not a love story. For years there has been a debate whether or not Romeo and Juliet is actually a love story. Romeo and Juliet is not considered a true love story, according to many sources because it does not follow the guidelines of a true love story, Romeo and Juliet are too young to know what love is and cultural traditions could have pushed them to marry. To start off with, the harsh cultural traditions could have played a role in Romeo and Juliet’s false love. As published in Bard Graduate center “the Italians society use to be very critical to those women who did marry” (“wedding traditions in Italy” Para 1).
A family’s prestige and honor were very important during the early Italian republics. Certain classes of these societies were arranged to marry each other in hopes of building family alliances and raising a family’s reputation. This procedure that takes place during the Renaissance period was nothing more than arranged marital contract, that was designed to interlock family ties and ensure social hierarchy. It was often looked down upon to marry outside of your class, which is one reason Lusanna would have in contesting that Giovanni was indeed married to her and not to Marietta (A woman from his same social prestige). Once her husband Andrea died, she would need someone else to take care of her or else she would have to return to one of her male relative’s house, as was the custom of women during this era.
I don't think the younger generation are to blame as they were not in control over their emotions as their parents controlled them. No one should take the blame; Fate and destiny chose Romeo and Juliet to help the crisis come to an end. Fate brought them together to get married and to die to save both families from an everlasting war.
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This plot would have never come about had it not been because of the feud, the fight between Romeo and Tybalt, which resulted in Romeo's banishment. The feud didn't really affect Old Capulet's marriage arrangement for Juliet and Paris, but had there been no feud then Juliet could have told her parents of her love for Romeo earlier and with no fear of being told she could never see him.
In a sense, parents at that time controlled their kids. In contrast to Capulet, Lady Capulet pushes Juliet to marry Paris even more. As we read Romeo and Juliet, we see that Lady Capulet wants what is best for her daughter, but she pushes her daughter so hard that she falls in love and marries another man that her parents don’t like. This can b... ... middle of paper ... ...ids and what they were going to do with their life. In conclusion, it is very clear throughout the play that family is a driving force in the responsibility of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.