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Discuss the relationship between Capulet and his daughter Juliet in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Discuss the relationship between Capulet and his daughter Juliet in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' In the 16th century, power, status, reputation and money were important to men, but one of the most important things was marriage, and finding a girl from a wealthy family to be their wife. The father decides who it is his daughter should marry, and when she is going to get married. Capulet hopes his daughter will gain more money, security and have a good future from marrying Paris. Girls who did not marry the person their father choose for them would be punished. They would be executed, put into a nunnery or sent to exile. I think there is a mixture of feelings for Capulets' motivation for Juliet for marry Paris. On the outside, Capulet lets the audience thinks it is because of pride, power and a strong sense of tradition because of the way he treats Juliet later in the play. I think deep down, another reason for him wanting him to marry Paris is because he loves Juliet. ...read more.

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Capulet is ecstatic that Juliet wants her marry the man he has chosen 'my heart is wondrous light'. An Elizabethan audience would be really shocked that Juliet has gone behind Capulets back and married Romeo. Most of the audience would be against Juliet. A modern day audience would be more shocked that men used to treat their daughters like Capulet did and would be supporting Juliet. Capulet becomes very angry with Juliet in act 3 scene 5 and we see a very nasty side of him. Instead of trying to find out why Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris, he gets really worked up and throws insults at his daughter 'young baggage', 'green-sickness carrion' and 'you tallow face'. The play is written in short sharp words in a listing technique, this shows a strong opinion and in this case, anger 'day, work, night, play' and 'hang, beg, starve, die'. He is angry at Juliet because he's gone to a lot of trouble to find a suitable husband that he thinks his daughter will like 'to have her matched' and shouts at Juliet because she wont agree to marry him. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the play when Juliet and Romeo have both died, we see Capulet in a different way. He finds out why his daughter didn't want to marry Paris. Him and Montague realise that their grudge has gone on long enough as their children are now dead as a result 'sacrifices of our enmity'. Capulet does show love for his daughter, but only after she has died. Capulet must feel bad for knowing that he is the cause of Juliet's death but I think he also felt humiliated that his daughter went behind his back and married his enemy's son. In conclusion to my essay the relationship isn't very strong. They don't know much about each other, they don't trust each other and aren't very close. Shakespeare puts the two characters in different situations to let us think this and gives both of them very strong personalities. I think Shakespeare has written about this kind of relationship because of the way his family might have treated him or maybe because he didn't like the way fathers were allowed to treat their daughters. ...read more.

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