romeo and juliet Essay

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Romeo and Juliet are very much like today's average teens. Both seem to want independence from their parents and do what they think is right without thinking about their parents along the way. Romeo's parents show concern for him in the first Act of the play when they realized that he has not been acting like himself and question his friend Benvolio in order to try to help him. Juliet's father treated his daughter as any father in the 1300s might -- he tells her that she has to follow his rules or else. This is evident when she refuses to marry Paris, and Lord Capulet threatens to "give her to his friend". As a woman in the 1300s, Juliet's mother could not go against anything that her father has said but it does seem that she has some concern for her daughter. In the end, both sets of parents are upset by the situation -- Romeo's mother was distraught to the point that she commits suicide. They care enough about their children at this point to end the century-old fight that has been going on between the families in their childrens' honor.In the first two lines, “Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy; my sin was too much hope of thee, lov'd boy,” we see that Jonson held Benjamin close to his heart. He loved his son dearly, and he had very high hopes of him in the future. In fact, he states that it was a sin for him to have so much hope of his son. He realizes that loving his son more than god intended was a dangerous sin and feels that’s his sin was loving his son to much and hoping he would have a long life.
In the next stanza Jonson says “Seven years thouwert lent to me, and I thee pay, exacted by thy fate, on the just day.” This is how we know his son was seven when he died. Here Jonson is admitting that life is a gift from God which again shows his profound love for god, Next Jonson uses a metaphor by saying "I thee pay" this means that Jonson must now "pay back" his son and that he was taken as a means of paying back his ‘debt’. This metaphor continues when Jonson uses the phrase "exacted by thy fate". "Exacted" means something like demanded, only more in the sense of a punishment.