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Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the characters of Lord Capulet and Juliet and the way he dramatises their relationship

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Romeo and Juliet Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the characters of Lord Capulet and Juliet and the way he dramatises their relationship. In Romeo and Juliet, the characters of both Juliet and her father, Lord Capulet, and their relationship is very much affected by not only the way in which each character conducts themselves, but also by prominent views of the public, such as the role of women in society and patriarchy. Through their relationship, Shakespeare explores many emotions, and allows himself to develop and change their relationship throughout the play. It can also be seen that their relationship changes as a result of many personality changes within both father and daughter. At first, it can be seen that Lord Capulet is quite a warm father figure, protective of Juliet and considerate of her feelings. In Act 1, Scene 2, Paris makes his desire to marry Juliet known to Lord Capulet. To Paris's request, Capulet replies "Let two more summers wither in their pride/ Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." From Capulet's reply, it can be seen that Capulet feels Juliet is too young to marry. This shows the audience Capulet's sense of fatherly love and protectiveness towards Juliet, as he wants Juliet to stay his, even though "Younger than she are happy mothers made." This is Paris's response to Capulet's remark, which shows his determination to win over Lord Capulet, thus winning Juliet. Capulet, however, remains adamant that he cannot agree for Juliet to marry Paris, as he says that it is not entirely up to him. He also wants to make sure that Paris's love for Juliet is strong. Capulet even encourages Paris to look at other girls at his party that night, which shows that he does not even try to "save" Paris for Juliet, once she decides on her marriage. This feeling of Juliet's freedom of choice that is presented by Capulet, is dramatically changed as the play goes on, and in Act ...read more.

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"My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand / To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." The religious symbolism used by both Romeo and Juliet is significant in the way that Juliet feels she is sinning, but Romeo explains that what they are doing is good by using the metaphors. At this point in the play, Juliet grows up significantly, as she understands the relationship between the Montagues and the Capulets as well as marriage. This can be seen by the way she reacts when she discovers that the boy she kissed was Romeo, a Montague: "My only love sprung from my only hate!" Juliet, here still a child who wishes to obey her father, is torn between her role in her family, and her feelings towards Romeo. From both this scene and Act 2, Scene 2, it can be seen that Juliet is not only a child as she previously thought, but an adolescent on her way to womanhood. She feels love for Romeo on a level higher than platonic love, and is a sensitive and fast growing-up youth. In Act 2, Scene 6, the audience are again shown the strides Juliet makes in growing up as she anticipates marriage, and does finally marry Romeo. Juliet also realises that she can make amends with her father if she tells him she will marry Paris. She knows that when she drinks the potion, she will not be able to marry Paris, but ended her relationship with her father on good terms. To create more dramatic tension, Shakespeare purposely contrasts the romantic, delicate scenes with Romeo against the scenes with Lord Capulet. By juxtaposing the controlling Lord Capulet with the loving Romeo, especially in Act 3, Scene 5, the audience are not only able to see two different sides to Juliet, but are able to see how complicated her life is and how emotional it must be for such a young girl to have to live with so many lies and family issues. ...read more.

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This shows that although Capulet did treat Juliet unfairly, he was a loving father, and as soon as he recognised his mistakes, he tried to correct them. However, this reaction is quite atypical of Lord Capulet, as it seems that he is finally giving into Juliet and accepting that her love for Romeo was bigger than his desire for her to marry Paris. Capulet also realises (too late) that Juliet was not as meek and timid as he assumed, as she did not cave in to his demands, but went her own way, showing that she was in fact a strong independent woman. The fact that it is Capulet that gives in creates a whole new angle in Juliet's relationship with her father, which is a great shock and helps to dramatize it. This is surprising to the audience. One might think that Capulet would react angrily and blame Montague for the death of Juliet, and for allowing Romeo and Juliet's love to blossom. Although he does give in to Juliet at the end of the play, Capulet still speaks to Montague in business-like terms when agreeing to end the feud. "This is my daughter's jointure," is Capulet's reaction to the fateful news from the Prince. Although he is offering his friendship to Montague, and not money, it seems like he is making a business deal with Capulet, even after all the woe that both their families have seen. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare develops a relationship between the characters of Juliet and Lord Capulet which changes fervently during the play. At times, it seems as though the character of Lord Capulet can be quite selfish, and Juliet develops significantly as the play goes on. The changing relationship between father and daughter varies dramatically, yet we still see Lord Capulet maintaining a fatherly role throughout the play. This paternal role is completely restored when Capulet offers to make amends, and although he and Juliet have their differences, there is still a rapport between them. English Coursework Sadia Sapsard 10B.2 Romeo and Juliet Ms Vowles 2 ...read more.

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