Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo And Juliet

Notice whenever Juliet seeks for help, the people close to her tend to always let her
down? Why is that? Aren't your friends or family members suppose to be the ones who are
always there for you, and never let you down? Well not in Juliet's case. You see,
Shakespeare, the author of Romeo & Juliet wrote the story in a way that Juliet a main
character in the story, whenever seeks for guidance from her friends and family members,
especially when she needs it most, is always betrayed or let down. In the following
paragraphs, I will explain how, Lady Capulet, Friar Lawrence and Romeo betrayed her, and
how this caused Juliet to make the wrong decisions in her life.


First of all, Lady Capulet is Juliet's mother. A mother is suppose to be close to her
daughter, and is the person who knows and understands Juliet the most. But in this case
her mother is the first person to let her down. For example, when Lord Capulet made the
decision in act three scene 5 that Juliet should marry Paris, her mother stood up for that
decision even though she knew that Juliet didn't want to marry Paris. I think her mother
should of been on Juliet's side, because she's her mother and she has experience in
marriage and should know marrying someone you do not like is not a good idea. Also,
another betrayal by Lady Capulet is that she teaches Juliet to judge men by their money,
their social rank and their appearance. For example, she recommended Paris to Juliet
because he is rich, good looking and on the Capulet's side. This is not good. Because
Juliet really does love Romeo, and when her mother says things like that, it really makes
Juliet upset, because Romeo is not rich, and their family hates her family and vice versa.
These points show how shallow Lady Capulet's character is. This prevents Juliet to ask
advise from her mother, and cannot get guidance from her.


Secondly, Friar Lawrence is the second person who betrays and lets-down Juliet. As you
already know, Friar Lawrence is a priest and he was the one who agreed to marry Romeo to
Juliet. Friar Lawrence let's down Juliet in two ways. The first way, was not all his
fault, but he could of prevented it by just giving more effort. For example, when Friar
Lawrence and Juliet agree on the plan to temporarily make Juliet look dead (act four scene
1), Friar Lawrence wrote a letter to Romeo telling him what was really going on. Well,
Romeo did not get that letter on time, so he ended up killing himself because he thought
Juliet was dead, and when Juliet woke up she killed herself because Romeo was dead. Friar
Lawrence should of tried harder to get that letter to Romeo, like personally trying to
give the letter to him, or to tell his friends like Balthazar to tell Romeo about the
plan, or at least following up on the letter himself to make sure he got it or not.
Another betrayal by Friar Lawrence is at the end of the story (act 3 scene 5). When Friar
Lawrence and Juliet are in the tomb, after Romeo killed Paris, then himself, Juliet
awakens. Juliet awakens, and asks where Romeo is? Friar Lawrence without answering her,
hears a sound and tells her the "watch is coming" (act 5 scene 3 lines 158). Friar
Lawrence is scared because he hears someone coming, and doesn't want to be caught. So he
leaves, and Juliet doesn't come along, so she's left all alone. This is where he betrays
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