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The women in Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet subscribe to Simone de Beauvoirs counter universe These characters have different behaviors and personalities based on the company they are keeping When they are not in the presence of men they appear to be much more liberated and expressive In Act I Scene I of Romeo and Juliet a tragedy the Capulets and the Montagues are in the streets of Verona preparing for a brawl The two matriarchs of the opposing families arrive Lady Capulet in response to Old Capulets request for a sword tells him why ask for a weapon you really need a crutch thus mocking his eagerness to join the combat Lady Montague in response to her husbands attempts to provoke Capulet tells him that he will not take a single step toward their enemy This scene even though not exclusively between women gives a look into the actual power these women had over their husbands It also demonstrates that the women did not have the same animosity towards each other as the men had These women did not adhere to any limitations based on gender in this scene since they both spoke their mind in the company of men Act I Scene III between Juliet her mother and the nurse shows the formality that Juliet has with her mother Juliet calls her mother Madam and behaves very submissive and obediently Lady Capulet is very detached from Juliets upbringing which is obvious by the lack of knowledge regarding her childs age The nurse raised Juliet and breast-fed her as an infant This fact helps explain the close relationship shared between the nurse and Juliet The nurse was Juliets emotional mother while Lady Capulet was her biological mother Her mother wants to know how she would feel about marrying Paris a young count Lady Capulet emphasizes that attractiveness is very important and that every attractive man needs an attractive wife There is
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