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How does Shakespeare present the changes which occur in Capulet throughout the play and how do the audience respond to these changes?

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Thursday 2nd December Romeo and Juliet Task: - How does Shakespeare present the changes which occur in Capulet throughout the play and how do the audience respond to these changes? From analysing Romeo and Juliet as an audience I have seen Capulet in many different ways. I have seen him as the caring father, the ruler and the person in charge. In some scenes as an audience I have been quite sympathetic towards Capulet but then in other scenes I have felt that he has been rather harsh to members of his family and other characters in the play. From looking at Act 1 Scene 1 I saw that Capulet was a very irresponsible character. When he saw that there was a brawl between the Capulet's and the Montague's, he wanted to get involved. His wife, Lady Capulet, told him that it was the wrong thing to do but he dismissed this. So from the first scene, it has already made us aware, that he has control over the family and that he does not like to be told what to do. ...read more.

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The next time that we meet we are in act 3 scene 1 Capulet Shakespeare has deliberately not allowed Capulet to speak. As the audience this is very significant because normally Capulet takes charge in situations like this but, in this situation he has stepped back and let his wife say what she feels. At the beginning of act 3 scene 5 Capulet is very worried about his daughter he used beautiful imagery he says that he's daughters tears were like a river, her body was like a boat and her sighs were like the wind. This is then completely contrasted because he becomes very sarcastic, abusive and harsh, towards hi wife, daughter and lady Capulet. The reverse in his attitude came around when Juliet refused to get married to Paris. In Elizabethan times daughters were like possessions and daughters were supposed to do what there parents told them to. Capulet said some very harsh things including: - "Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch" This shows to us that his attitude towards his family can change very easily depending on the situation. ...read more.

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Capulet used elaborate imagery he exclaims that "Death lies on her like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field" This illustrates that he's daughter was not supposed to die. Also he says "Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak" this portrays what he actually felt for his daughter. Finally Capulet shows generosity towards the Montague's he makes the first move to bring happiness out of all the evil that has took place. This illustrates to us as an audience that really capulet can be very considerate and emotionalyly when tradgic things happen. He tries to make amends with people that were enemies and at the end of the play we realise that he doesn't want to bear anymore grudges against other people. To conclude from analysing the scene I have come to the conclusion that Capulet's mood and behaviour changed repeatedly through the play. He can be a kind, considerate, caring, emotionally character in some situations. But ion other situations when he's authority is questioned he can lose his temper and say things that are very harsh and un -thoughtful. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gabriela Trapani ...read more.

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