The influences of Romeos and Juliets parents play a major part in the plays tragic conclusion. We know this because in the prologue it says their ancient grudge and their rage will cause Romeos and Juliets deaths which will be the only way to bury their parents strife. Shakespeare emphasises the importance of the parents roles in the plays tragic conclusion by using sonnet form and iambic pentameter in the prologue. The prologue implies that the parents play a major part in the plays tragic conclusion because it shows that their ancient grudge creates Romeos and Juliets doomed fate and the use of the sonnet form and iambic pentameter emphasises their importance. Among the parents, Capulet plays a key role in the plays tragic conclusion, in Juliets death in particular. In Act 1 Scene 5, Tybalt recognizes Romeos voice as a Montague and wants to strike him dead but Capulet orders him to do nothing Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone.
He keeps a peaceful attitude to Romeos uninvited presence and prevents Tybalt from starting a brawl. This suggests that if he hadnt stopped Tybalt, it would have prevented Romeo and Juliet from meeting but his desire to appear as a good host to keep a good reputation stops him from doing so. Shakespeare shows Capulets desire to appear as a good host by using consecutive short sentences conveying contrasting emotions Be quiet, orMore light, more light! For shame! Ill make you quiet. What, cheerly, my hearts! This implies that even when Tybalt wants to strike Romeo dead, he still talks to his guests in between his conversation with Tybalt, showing that he cares about his reputation a lot. Thus, Capulet contributes to Juliets death by letting Romeo meet Juliet because he cares about his reputation so he stops Tybalt from creating a scene in front of his guests.
If he hadnt stopped Tybalt, he could have prevented Romeo and Juliet meeting, therefore preventing the plays tragic conclusion. Also, Capulet contributes to the plays tragic conclusion because he agrees to Pariss request of Juliets hand in marriage. In Act 3 Scene 4, after Tybalt dies, Paris askes for the second time for Juliets hand in marriage. Capulet agrees, not thinking about whether Juliet would actually want to be married to Paris and saying that she will do it, she shall be married. Also, he displays a sense of urgency and haste in getting Juliet married to Paris. Shakespeare portrays this in his dialogue where Capulet asks questions but doesnt let Paris answer and carries on Will you be ready? Do you like this haste?
This is reminiscent of the first time Paris askes for Juliets hand in marriage in Act 1 Scene 2 because his response was that Juliet is too young and that he should let two more summers wither in their pride and that his my will to consent is but a part because Juliet should agree too. From this response it indicates that he contradicts himself because instead of waiting two more years, he accepts his request and he agrees without Juliets consent saying that Juliet will do exactly as he wishes. His contradiction implies that yet again hes thinking about his reputation and social status or that from Tybalts sudden death, hes remembered how easily young people die in Renaissance Verona, hence his decision for Juliet to marry Paris as soon as possible. Either way, it shows that due to his single-mindedness and selfishness, he forgets about Juliets consent and agrees to the decision which evidently leads to her death.
Furthermore, Capulets reaction to Juliet rejecting his plan for her to marry Paris contributes to the plays tragic conclusion. In Act 3 Scene 5, Lady Capulet tells Juliet about Capulets plan for her to marry Paris. Juliet rejects this decision, saying I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo. When Capulet learns of Juliets determination to defy him he becomes enraged and displays anger that even Lady Capulet, who agrees with Capulets decision, thinks that his anger is too much you are too hot. Shakespeare depicts this anger through the use of blasphemous language Gods bread! It makes me mad. This implies that Capulet is so angry that he even swears at God.
Also, his anger is depicted through the use of animal language, calling Juliet a green-sickness carrion and a tallow face and how he lists what hes done solely for Juliet having an effect of exaggeration day, night, hour, tide, time, work, play, alone, in company, still my care hath been to have her matchd. To add, Capulets anger is conveyed from the use of rhetorical/illogical questions and how he mimics Juliet Ill not wed; I cannot love, I am too young; I pray you, pardon me. Capulets excessive anger suggests that he thinks Juliet is ungrateful for not wanting to marry his choice of groom for her and that hes angry because calling off the wedding would cause him embarrassment and loss of the political power the marriage would have brought him.
Capulets angry reaction to Juliets defiance contributes to the plays tragic conclusion because he also ends up offending the Nurse calling her a mumbling fool and a gossips bowl which influences the Nurses change of attitude towards Romeo that makes Juliet go to Friar Lawrence wanting to kill herself rather than to marry Paris. Also, Capulet contributes to the plays tragic conclusion by not supporting Juliets pleas for the marriage to be delayed a year and by yet again thinking about his reputation because if Juliet doesnt agree it will cause him embarrassment and loss of the political power the marriage would have brought him. Another parent that influences the plays tragic conclusion, in particular Juliets death is Lady Capulet. In Act 1 Scene 3, Lady Capulet introduces the idea of marrying Paris to Juliet. She describes him through metaphor precious book of love that lacks a cover. This implies that she thinks that Juliet can be the gold clasp to complete the unbound lover.
Through this imagery, it shows her attitude to the role of women in marriage; the wife is just a book cover or a decoration. Her view of a womans role in marriage is shown in her own relationship with Capulet where Capulet clearly dominates over her. This is typical in Renaissance Verona because during that time society was male-dominated. However, this is different in Romeo and Juliets relationship where there is equality to both genders. Also, she influences the plays tragic conclusion in Act 3 Scene 5 by not fulfilling her role as Juliets mother. After Capulets reaction to Juliet refusing to marry Paris, saying that he will disown her, Juliet turns to her mother for comfort and for help. However, instead she says talk not to me, for Ill not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.
Shakespeare uses iambic pentameter to make Lady Capulets words sound like spell-like, that they have an important and big impact. This suggests that Lady Capulet contributes to Juliets death by not fulfilling her role as her mother, instead she betrays her with her words of rejection with added impact from the use of iambic pentameter. An individual from the older generation that influences the plays tragic conclusion is the Nurse. Throughout the play, the Nurse plays a loyal and mother-like role to Juliet and is always supportive to her decisions.
However in Act 3 Scene 5, the Nurse has a change of heart. I think you are happy in this second match she says, saying that she speaks from the heart and from my soul too. Juliet is outraged with the Nurses change of heart because its like a betrayal. In the Nurses last line before she exits she says Marry, I will; and this is wisely done. Shakespeare yet again uses iambic pentameter to make the Nurses betrayal to Juliet have a big impact. This suggests that the Nurse contributes to Juliets death because Shakespeares use of iambic pentameter in her rejection shows the significant impact it has on Juliet.
Also, it implies that the Nurse doesnt understand that Juliets love for Romeo is the real or that she doesnt want to lose Juliet to an uncertain future with Romeo or that she gives up so praises Paris helplessly. Thus, the Nurse is presented as person who doesnt like inconvenience, only encourages when the situation is convenient and her response to the inconvenience in this scene contributes to the plays tragic conclusion because she betrays Juliet.