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Amber Swallow 10S/Sa English Miss Woods 23rd May 2007 Romeo & Juliet Task: How does Shakespeare present the character of Capulet to the audience in act one of Romeo and Juliet and so prepare them for his actions later? Romeo and Juliet is a traditional love tragedy, written by the famous William Shakespeare. It was first performed in 1595. In this time there were no films or television and very few people could read, so the theatre was a popular option for many. This was the only time when all classes would meet one another. The upper class would be granted to the best seating, up high in the balconies. While the lower class had only the option of standing. The play as a whole is based basically around two well know families who are sworn rivals. Their children fall madly in love knowing they're avowed enemies. However, hatred between the families constrains Romeo and Juliet, and emotion occurs, leading the two of them to their heart-rending death. Lord Capulet is a major role in the play; he is Juliet's 'caring' father. I believe Shakespeare created this character to show the contrary emotions a person can have and how they can constantly change their beliefs and attitude. ...read more.


It was normal for fathers to choose their daughters husband and so for girls to have arranged marriages. This shows Capulet is being considerate towards Juliet. "Let two more summers wither in their pride, ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." This is an example of the theme time. He is very protective over Juliet, Capulet wishes only the best for his daughter, and is terrified of losing her. "The earth has swallow'd all my hopes but she" this suggests he had other children but they died young, making Juliet his world, his only care and thinks very highly of her. Capulet uses a variety of rhyming couplets within his speech about Juliet and is very poetic associating his love for her. I propose he calculated and thought it through prior talking to Paris, as it comes out spontaneously. Lord Capulet compares his daughter to a flower, "among fresh female buds shall you this night." Showing that Juliet has not full flowered yet, she is still young. He won't make her marry Paris unless she willingly accepts to. Capulet is very attentive, he tests Paris's affections, by complementing other ladies to see if Paris diverses and sees if he truly loves his daughter. ...read more.


In addition he told Paris that it was Juliet's decision if she'd like to marry him. He went back on his word and gave Juliet no choice of the matter, using his authority to over rule her, this is proof he was contradicting himself. In this time women were owned by their fathers until their time of marriage when they became property of their husbands. Capulet's goal was to find a suitable match for his darling daughter, having so Juliet refused and Capulet became immoral, he bellowed wicked things to Juliet, which today no father would dare say. I presuppose Capulet thinks he has the right to speak to his daughter in such a way because she is his 'property' I don't think this is right, nobody should be spoken to in that manner. I sense Juliet was distressed because of this. "I'll to the friar, to know his remedy if all else fail, myself have power to die" Lord Capulet is an over powering man, he demands and receives what he wishes, no matter if he hurts someone's feelings, especially his own flesh and bloods. Overall I have discussed that Lord Capulet has two completely opposite sides to him. He can be kind, loving, and charming, e.g. scene one, but he can soon flip to becoming unmistakably hot- headed, controlling and malicious preparing us for his actions in scene five. ...read more.

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