Lack Of Involvement In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a well known tragic love story, written by William Shakespeare. The Montagues and Capulets’ fighting causes the death of their own children, because their poor parenting and lack of involvement in the children’s lives leads to Juliet and Romeo to keep this secret. The children knew their families would never let them marry; otherwise, they would have revealed their relationship to their parents. Aside from the main pair, it appears that Romeo and his friend Mercutio, have a relationship that leads to tragedy as well, through the murder of Mercutio. In this situation, Tybalt’s taught hatred of the Montagues lead him to start the fight in the first place, and he and Mercutio suffered at the hand of the Montagues and Capulets…show more content…
Because of this “forbidden love,” they keep their relationship a secret from their parents. The lack of the parent’s caring and involvement in their children’s lives leads to once preventable events. Romeo becomes exiled, and Juliet finds herself forced into an arranged marriage. These instances lead to their tragic end: “. . . A lantern, slaughtered youth,/ For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes/ This vault a feasting presence full of light.—/ Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interred” (Shakespeare 5.3.84). Romeo and Juliet were deeply in love, but their parent’s poor parenting lead to their secretive relationship and their unnecessarily violent fate. Their relationship shows a depiction of a romantic crush because both Juliet and Romeo are deeply in love with each other, showing that “Because a romantic crush is a potent mix of idealization and infatuation, it does not require knowing another person well at all” (Pickhardt). Pickhardt’s assertion that romantic crushes do not require prior knowlege of each other connects with the way Romeo and Juliet did not know each other for very long. The Capulets and Montagues’ cause the death of their children because of their constant fighting, and lack of attention given to their kids. Romeo’s parents do not bother helping him after his breakup with Rosaline, and instead send Benvolio to cheer him up, while Juliet’s father forces her to marry, when she has no interest in doing so. Both of these actions performed by the parents show how neglectful and careless they are to their own children, and how their lack of responsibility lead to a horrific
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