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In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the adults betray Juliet because
they are unable to understand her. Juliet’s parents, Capulet and Lady
Capulet, fail to understands Juliet’s decision not to marry Paris. The
Nurse fails Juliet by not supporting Juliet’s decision to remain married to
The final adult to fail Juliet is Friar Lawrence who does not
comprehend Juliet and Romeo’s love for each other. These misunderstandings
cause the adults to betray Juliet.
The first to betray Juliet is her parents, Capulet and Lady Capulet.
Capulet decides to marry Juliet to Paris.
When Juliet refuses to do so
Capulet threatens to disown her. “…
you shall not house with me.” (III, v,
200) he states. Capulet will only forgive her if she will consent to her
father’s decision “..
.I’ll give you to my friend./An you be not hang, beg,
starve, die in the streets.” (III, v, 203-204) His wife, upon hearing
Juliet’s decision against marrying to Paris, refuses to give Juliet counsel.
“Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word./Do as thou wilt for I have done
with thee.” (III, v, 214-215) Lady Capulet is angered by Juliet’s choice
and wishes “I would the fool be married to her grave.” (III, v, 145)
Juliet’s parents betray Juliet by not supporting Juliet’s pleas for the
marriage to be delayed a year.
Capulet and Lady Capulet do not know Juliet
is married to Romeo, a fact that may have, yet not likely altered these
circumstances. Her parent’s betrayal causes Juliet to look for comfort from
The Nurse also fails to support Juliet’s choice against marrying
Paris. Instead of supporting Juliet the Nurse instead believes “I think it
is best you marry the county.
..For it excels your first (marriage).” (III,
v, 230, 236) Juliet feels betrayed by this reply as the Nurse “.
dispraise my lord (Romeo) with that same tounge/Which she hath praised him
beyond compare/So many thousand times?” (III, v, 249-252) The Nurse’s
betrayal causes Juliet to go to the Friar with the intent to commit suicide
should he be unable to help Juliet – “I’ll to the Friar to know his
remedy./If all else fails myself have the power to die.
” (III, v, 254-255)
The Friar is the final adult to betray Juliet. He fails to
understand Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other. Part of the
misunderstanding is brought on by Romeo being quick to forget Rosaline. The
Friar believes that Juliet and Romeo’s love is temporary and advises Romeo
“Wisely and slow.
They stumble that run fast.” (II, iv, 101) The Friar is
mistaken. The Friar, when he was down in the tomb with Juliet, who is
distressed about Romeo’s death, could have saved her life. Instead of
staying with Juliet and comforting her when she does not wish to leave “Go,
get thee hence, for I will not away.
” (V, iii, 165) Friar Lawrence betrays
her by rushing out of the tomb “Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer
stay” (V, iii, 164) when he hears the watch coming. Part of this reaction
comes from the Friar misunderstanding Juliet and Romeo’s love. The other
part comes from the Friar’s self concern.
As a result from Friar Lawrence’s
betrayal Juliet commits suicide.
The adults betrayed Juliet because they did not see things in the
same view as she did. Adults may not always understand children as they see
things in different views. Adults have more experience than children.
Experience alters their choices in how to act. Shakespeare’s creation of
the conflict in this play, between Juliet and the adults, demonstrates his
understanding the young and olds various views on topics and how this
misunderstanding may result in betrayal.