Romeo And Juliet Loyalty Analysis

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“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet.”(Shakespeare 2.2.33-36), Juliet says to Romeo. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet has proven to be more loyal to Romeo than her family due to the numerous instances in which she has chosen to act more for her husband than her mother and father. As the Montague and Capulet families have an ongoing feud, and Romeo and Juliet belong to opposite sides, it is inevitable that Juliet will have to choose between her family and husband at some point. Thus, when a situation such as this one occurs, her loyalty has proven to be more towards Romeo than her parents.
To begin, one instance in which Juliet shows her loyalty to Romeo is when her parents want her to marry Count Paris, but she defies them and marries Romeo instead. She blatantly goes against their wishes and stays loyal to Romeo. While arguing with her parents on the issue, Juliet says, “‘I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!’” (Shakespeare 2.5.120-124)
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First, Juliet disobeyed her parents when they wanted her to marry Romeo. Following this, she decided to pretend to die leave her family to have a life with Romeo. In the end, Juliet did kill herself after she found Romeo dead, which shows a more significant loyalty to him instead of her family. This goes against the typical bond of loyalty between a family and accentuates the love between Romeo and Juliet. It shows the power of true love, and how it can shift one’s loyalty, even between one’s own family. In conclusion, Juliet showed more loyalty to her true love and husband, Romeo, despite her parents hatred for the entire Montague
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