Romeo & Juliet: Act III

January 18th, 2013 by Mrs. Tavares

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  1. T.Clemons-Kailipaka Says:

    I’ve seen these type of encounters everywhere on the media when a teenager and their parent are involved. The parent always makes decisions for them because of what they think is best for them. Of course the teenager disagrees and rebels but end up doing things against their will. I too am in this situation all the time with my mom.

  2. A.Hooper Says:

    The last scene with Juliet was interesting to me because we see a resemblance to how parents treated their kids then and how they treat them now. There are still parents nowadays that force their children to do things they donʻt want to. Maybe not the way that Julietʻs father treated her but more abusive physically and emotionally. Children arenʻt really forced to be married like before but we do see it sometimes in T.V. shows. Juliet reminds me of a typical teenager that falls in love because they tend to rush things like sexual intimacy and marriage. “The fee simple, o simple,” explains life insurance and how it has to be paid when you make a mistake. Another line is, “By my heel, I care not,” which simply means I donʻt care. Teenagers and adults use this line all the time in their everyday lives. “Could you not take some occasion without giving?” explains canʻt you give me reason without me giving you one. Parents use this all the line all the time when their kids make mistakes and they ask the reasons for why they did it. The point is that arguments and quarrels between parents and their children happen all the time wether its for the smallest thing to the worst of things, this is just nature between adults and their offspring.

  3. Khaumea Says:

    I have seen this in movies where the parents make any decision for them whether its marrying someone or maybe something like getting a job for them. Of course the teenager doesn’t want to do it but they are practically forced to it. All the parents want to do is make sure that you don’t make a decision on your own that might destroy your life. Their just looking out for you and want you to have whats best for them and you. I feel like its more likely this will happen in the past them in the future, because usually in the past the parents chose who you marry. A more common way that parents do this is that they will either get you a job or pick the college that they want you to go to. Another way that they do is that for girls the father will usually try to find you a man that will make you happy and also be the guy that the parents want him to be.

  4. L.Krueger Says:

    The last scene in this act actually does kind of remind me of encounters between parents and children that I’ve seen in multiple movies, TV shows and novels. For example there a movies there are a number of movies that feature a rich family that has some sort of child (girl or boy) that they are trying to marry off. But then as the movie progresses you figure out that the child of the parents has actually fallen in love with another person and doesn’t want to marry the person they are betroth to. Yet in those stories the lover actually has a happy and ending and ends up living a happy life with the one true person that they love, unlike Romeo and Juliet where both of them end up dying, sadly. Romeo and Juliet’s parents do remind me of parents in the world today. There are some places in the world that have kids and from a very young age they have their children married off or betroth to people that they haven’t even met yet. Sometimes the children don’t even meet each other till the day that they actually get married. In some other places of the world there are other families that want their child to marry someone but the child themselves have already found someone they love. They haven’t technically given their child off or betroth them, but they just think it would be best for their kid to marry the other person while in secrecy they already have love for someone else. One line from the act that I found that looked liked a teens would say today would be the line “This is the truth, or let Benvolio die” I believe teens would say this because we are always trying to prove that we are correct and we aren’t lying. This line means that Benvolio is telling the truth and he swears it on his life. These two lines remind me of something that teens would say today. The lines say “Tis torture and not mercy. Heaven is here, Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog”, I feel like a teen would say this today because if they think they are so in love with someone they’ll think that anywhere with that person is heaven and anywhere without that person is torture. These lines are talking about how Romeo thinks its torture to not be with Juliet and that heaven is with Juliet. I picked these three lines because I feel like these lines example the way some teens feel today. These lines are lines from this act that would remind me of something a teen would say because some things withstand time.

  5. T.Clemons-Kailipaka Says:

    I’ve seen these type of encounters everywhere on the media when a teenager and their parent are involved. The parent always makes decisions for them because of what they think is best for them. Of course the teenager disagrees and rebels but end up doing things against their will. I too am in this situation all the time with my mom.

    “Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word.
    Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.”
    — “Don’t talk to me, because I won’t say anything. Do what you want, because I’m done worrying about you.”

    “Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.”
    — ” Eat where you want to but not in my house”

    “An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,
    For, by my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee,
    Nor what is mine shall never do thee good.”
    — “If you don’t obey me, you are worthless to me. I will never take you back if you continue to disobey me.”

  6. C.Broad Says:

    The last scene in this act, does remind me of encounters between parents and their children, whether it be in movies, T.V. shows, or in real everyday life. Media is not helping at all, with T.V. shows showing teen momʻs getting drunk in front of their children, or even soon to be parents smoking pot, not caring about their child and what could happen to them. Even though times have changed the interaction between parents and children havenʻt changed TOO much. Even though during Shakespeareʻs time it was totally legal to hit your daughter, today it is considered “Child Abuse” and is frowned upon.
    1. This is the truth, or let Benvolio die”

    This line means that Benvolio is telling the truth and he swears that he is on his life. In todayʻs world this would mean “I promise to God, cross my heart and hope to die.” I believe this is a line used by many teens today, because they might not tell the truth all the time but when they do and no one believes them, they say this to that they would know that they are telling the truth.
    2.“I do protest, I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love; And so, good Capulet,-which name I tender as dearly as my own,-be satisfied.”

    Romeo tells Tybalt that he loves him just as he loves himself, and that he really wants to resolve the conflict between them in a peaceful manner. This settlement happens a lot with people today. When friends have a feud the other often has a softer heart and wants to resolve their conflict in peace with no fighting just like Romeo.
    3.“Good Father, I beseech you on my knees,
    Hear me with patience but to speak a word.”

    This means that Please, I am on my knees, begging for a chance to say something.
    A young person, nowadays might use this kind of pleading when they want something very bad, kind of like Juliet did, but much less severe. We might use it presently to beg for our parents to let us go to the movies with someone, when they don’t want us to. As I said, the situation is not nearly as severe, so the seriousness isn’t either (in comparison to Juliet’s case).

  7. KaulanaL Says:

    The last scene reminds me of many television shows that are old. Things that are sitcoms or reality TV shows. It reminds me of this because in the shows, they have many conflicts about boys/girls and the parents disagreeing with who their child chooses to date and they end up in a big fight and argument. One line that stood out to me was the line that Juliet said to her father. This stood out because it it common for people our age to rebel against their parents and don’t do what they are told because they don’t want to. Juliet doesn’t want to marry Paris, but her father tells her to do so anyway, which I think is one thing that kids forget about. Is that our parents are mostly the ones who are controlling us and most of the time we have to do what they say. Another line was the one that Benvolio told Mercutio. The line was, “Am I like such a fellow?” To me this is saying, “Am I really like that?” which I could see kids our age saying. Someone would normally respond with this if their friend is being over dramatic or telling them how bad they are at something. Another line that could be spoken by teens would be, “Can heaven be so envious?” which in our terms would be something along the lines of, “Oh my god, why.” or “Jesus christ…” Normals we would use this term when something bad happens to us or something that makes us mad.

  8. T. Sullivan Says:

    I think most of the TV shows nowadays are based on reality events that most likely happen in an actual family. I think a lot of times in movies; there are three different situations. There is the first situation where the teen is uncontrollable and the parent lacks discipline. The second situation, where the teen is very nonsocial and the parent don’t have a strong relationship with the teen. Or lastly, where the teen is uncontrollable and there is much conflict between the teen and the parent. So, in Juliet’s situation she’s very shy but in these scenes, I wouldn’t consider her rebellious, but she conflicts with what her parents thinks its best for her. For example, in Act III Lady Capulet says, “Here comes your father; tell him so yourself,
And see how he will take it at your hands.” I think today, that line would be said, “Tell your dad yourself, here he comes, and see what he says.” I choose this line because my mom often tells me this and I think its mostly because she just wants to make sure that they are on the same page and agrees with each others decisions. The second line is what Lord Capulet says to Juliet after she tells him that she doesn’t want to marry Paris. Lord Capulet says, “Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow-face!” Today it would be said, “Get out you good for nothing garbage, just a added baggage to take care of!” I choose this line because I think when children reach a certain age especially 18 they think that their parents cant tell them what to do anymore and legally parents can kick them out because they are legally an adult. The last line I chose was “Speak not, reply not, do not answer me; 
My fingers itch”, said by Lord Capulet. Today, parents would say, “Do not talk back, unless you want spankings”. I choose this line because I think sometimes then, and now parents often threaten their children so they obey with their orders and they always know who is the adult and who is the child. I think a lot of times, teens because of there emotional and hormonal state they overreact a lot of times. Teens also think that they are at an age in their life where they think they know more than their parents and don’t often think that their parents know what’s best for them.

  9. M.Clarke Says:

    The last scene of Act three is where Juliet is trying to tell her parents that she doesn’t want to marry Paris, obviously we know why but her parents are confused and when Juliet doesn’t tell then why, then they get frustrated. This reminds me of a lot of movies because usually the parents don’t like who their child is either dating or has a crush on so they try to force their child to like someone else, but it just pushes them onto the original person they had a crush on.

    The nurse says, “Your lady mother is coming to your chamber.
    The day is broke. Be wary, look about.”
    In context the nurse is warning Juliet to hurry up and get Romeo out of her room before her mom comes in and catches them. In this time it’s usually your sister or someone telling you to hurry up and do your chores because mom is almost home.

    Capulet says, “Soft, take me with you, take me with you, wife.
    How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?
    Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blessed,
    Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought
    So worthy a gentleman to be her bride?”
    This is like when your parent’s are giving you something and you’re like no I don’t want it but thanks for the offer, but in that time you had to accept whatever your father gave you because you were his property.

    Juliet says, “Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.
    Go in, and tell my lady I am gone,
    Having displeased my father, to Lawrence’s cell
    To make confession and to be absolved.”
    Juliet is being very sarcastic to the Nurse, and a lot of teenagers are very skilled in the art of sarcasm so this isn’t something that’s changed in this era.

  10. I. Santos Says:

    I have seen situations on television where a parent controls their children’s lives. The parents, of course, think that they are making the choices for their children and being so strict on them for the better. As a kid and because they are so young they think that it is for the better too and that it is just normal. Like the television show, “World’s Strictest Parents.” They raise their children up with strict rules and decisions that they believe will make them good adults. As they grow up however they notice that they can make their own decisions and start disobeying their parents rules and decisions. Just like how Juliet said no when her mother and father told her that she was going to marry Paris.

    “Father, what news? What is the Prince’s doom?
    What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand
    That I yet know not?”
    These lines remind me of wen I am coming home with my dad and I know that I am going to be in trouble with my mom because I did something earlier that day that might have made her mad. I’ll ask my dad, “What did I do?” “Is she mad?” “What should I expect from her when I get home?” I wouldn’t expect to be banished like how Romeo was, but I can relate in a much smaller situation.

  11. Keahi Ishibashi Says:

    I do believe that interactions such as the ones Juliet shared with her parents do in fact take place in modern day settings, though maybe not as strictly enforced. We all have our own fancies and ideas of a perfect mate, and that doesn’t exclude our parents. They most likely want what (in their opinion) is best for their children, and that includes the person that they will spend the rest of their life with. It is not uncommon for a parent to express disapproval of one’s boy/girlfriend, and it is easily as common for parents to nudge their child towards a more suitable role mode for their child. Such similarities are just as easily seen in the story itself, through specific lines in the story, such as:

    “Here comes your father. Tell him so yourself,
    And see how he will take it at your hands.”

    Easily my mom’s words. It expresses how children will most often confide their moral standings in their mothers, and how mothers are percieved to be more understanding. She also expresses how easily her father will shut her opinions down.

    “How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?
    Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blessed,
    Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought
    So worthy a gentleman to be her bride?”

    The words of Sir Capulet also remind me of my father. As I stated earlier, parents want what (in THEIR opinion,) is best for their child, and when the child disregards their “gifts,” it is easy to get angry and therefore percieve the child as ungreatful.

    These are the line’s i’ve related between the story and modern reality, as well as my beliefs on similar situations alltogether.

  12. K. Ili Says:

    I believe that the situation happening with Juliet is the same situation as teenagers today. I believe that teens today are not as close with their parents so things like this will not happen much, but for those parents that are close with their kids, they would probably be like Juliet’s parents. “By my heel, I care not,” now I chose this quote because Capulet is saying that he does not care what Juliet has said and does no think of Juliet as is daughter. This is big because knowing that Juliet is close with her father, this could really hurt her. “How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?” This is another quote I chose because it shows how bad Juliet’s situation is. Lord Capulet thinks that Juliet is ungrateful, but really, she is loyal, to Romeo who she has married already. “Here comes your father; tell him so yourself, 
and see how he will take it at your hands.” This is the last quote I chose and I chose this quote because it shows her relationship with her mother. I think that being her mother had married young and had Juliet at the age of only 15, she does;t feel any pity for her. I also think that is why Juliet would not tell her mother of her problem. When Juliet tells Lady Capulet that she doesn’t want to marry Paris and wants her to tell Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet atolls Juliet to do it herself knowing it would anger Lord Capulet.

  13. Mrs. Tavares Says:

    Ignore comments from those not in our class. They are rude and disrespectful of the work we are trying to accomplish.

  14. J. Perry Says:

    The closing scene of Act III is an argument that takes place between Juliet and her parents over who she will be seeing. This is very reminiscent of arguments that occur everyday between parents that their children. Dating is a very important part of teenagers lives and sometimes, when the adults and kids don’t see eye to eye about it, arguments arise that are very similar of what happened between Juliet and her parents. In fact, they are so entirely similar that there are sentences in Shakespeare’s work that could very easily be said in a modern-day argument of likewise circumstances,
    “Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.” – I hear this all the time from parents in the media, in books, movies, etc. etc. etc., even in my own personal experiences and eye witness accounts, parents often employ this phrase and its meaning, it basically says “Fine, go live somewhere else then.” They say this to show that they (the parents) are extremely important in a kids life, and without them, what would they do
    “By my heel, I care not,” – I hear this one a lot, especially from I sister. “Whatever” has the exact same connotation. This one is more often then not uttered by the child to show that he is independent and doesn’t need his/her parents input, which is sadly not the case
    “Good Father, I beseech you on my knees, Hear me with patience but to speak a word.” – Finally, when everything is said and done, and the child has seen the fault in his action. The child implores from his parents to forgive him, down on their knees begging to apologize.
    Its incredible that over 400 years ago, Shakespeare was able to write down an argument between parents and their children that is so remarkably similar to today’s world. I guess its true what they say “The world changes, people never do”

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