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What View of Father/Daughter Relationship is Presented in Romeo and Juliet?

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AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet

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Hazel Solly 10am

What View of Father/Daughter Relationship is Presented in Romeo and Juliet?

During the Play of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare portrays a very strong relationship between Juliet and her father, Lord Capulet. His initial attitude shows him as a caring, protective father who wants what is best for his daughter. This caring manner continues until Scene 5 of Act 3, in which Juliet defies her father, who wishes for her to marry the County Paris. This scene acts as a turning point in the play; Lord Capulet is now shown as a malevolent father who has his own intentions for his daughter's future. However, when Juliet returns apologetically to her father, and agrees to marry Paris, he once again returns to being the loving and caring father we initially identified.

Lord Capulet's initial attitude to his daughter was generally kind and compassionate. He calls her his 'hopeful lady of my earth' which implies that he expects her to do well for herself. We see him as a typical father late in the 16th Century. It was commonplace for fathers to be in charge of who their daughter married, and Lord Capulet

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