Romeo and Juliet, Theme of Power

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  • 'Romeo and Juliet': Power
    • Power of age
    • Gender power
      • Capulet: "I tell thee what: get thee to church a'Thursday, Or never after look me in the face"
        • Power of age
        • Juliet's opinion in marrying Paris cannot sway her father who is in a superior position of power.
      • Friar Lawrence: "If no inconstant toy, nor womanish fear, Abate thy valour in thy acting it."
        • The men in Juliet's life have a huge impact on her decisions that ultimately lead to her death. This is also due to a position of intellect and responsibility.
    • Power of love
      • Juliet: "A damned saint, an honourable villain!"
        • Juliet is unable to hate Romeo despite him killing her cousin due to their powerful romance.
      • Juliet: "Shall i speak ill of him who is my husband?"
        • Juliet is unable to hate Romeo despite him killing her cousin due to their powerful romance.
    • Power of hatred
      • Romeo: "Either thou or I, or both, must go with him"
        • Despite deciding to make peace with the Capulets, Romeo slays Tybalt and is willing to die to avenge Mercutio.
    • Power of fate
      • Balthasar: "Her body sleeps in Capel's monument"
        • No matter how hard Romeo and Juliet try to live in happiness together, their fates always bring them sorrow.
      • The Prologue: "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life"
        • The fates of the central couple are so powerful they have been determined before the play has even begun.
    • Power of intellect
      • Friar Lawrence: "If no inconstant toy, nor womanish fear, Abate thy valour in thy acting it."
        • The men in Juliet's life have a huge impact on her decisions that ultimately lead to her death. This is also due to a position of intellect and responsibility.

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