n the texts (‘A Woman to her Lover’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’) both Juliet and the voice are treated as subservient and act submissively to the men in their lives. Although the women are only presented like this for a certain amount of time, it still highlights the importance of how women were commonly treated. When Capulet and Paris are talking about the arranged marriage, Paris is very persistent in trying to gain Juliet’s hand and agrees to marry her, even without her consent. His persistence shows that he sees himself as the ‘conqueror’ (the opinion that the voice views in A Woman to her Lover). While he sees Juliet to be the ‘vanquished’. This presents Juliet as a prize to be won by Paris, not a true love. Juliet also declares her willingness to be subservient to Romeo, ‘and follow thee my lord throughout the world’. Even though Juliet is declaring this out of free will, this quote may be interpreted as Juliet being submissive to Romeo. She is saying that she will follow ‘her lord’. By putting on Romeo on a pedestal, Juliet is presenting herself as a lower member of society. She is willing to give up her life and follow him around the world, just to meet his needs and demands. In the first stanza of ‘A Woman to her Lover’, the voice proclaims to her lover she refuses to be treated as someone who is ‘subservient’ to a man. She doesn’t want to be a ‘bond slave’ and only be around to ‘gratify’ the men’s ‘clamorous desires’. At this stage in the play the reader may feel, slightly angry. Juliet has changed form the empowered woman who denies the social expectations of her because it isn’t what she wants. To, being able to give up her life just to gratify Romeo.

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