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Capulet is a leading citizen of Verona and head of one of the two feuding families: Capulet and Montague. The way he reacts to different events shows a variety of sides to his character.

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Romeo & Juliet: Capulet's character Capulet is a leading citizen of Verona and head of one of the two feuding families: Capulet and Montague. The way he reacts to different events shows a variety of sides to his character. We first meet him in Act 1, Scene 1 where we find him demanding for his long-sword to join in with the fighting of the young men and servants in the opposing households. One of the things he says is "What noise is this? Give me my long-sword, ho!" This shows that he is a demanding character since he expects others to do as he says. In this case, ordering for someone to give him his sword. It also shows an irresponsible side to his character who is condoning violence. His unbecoming behaviour is not the sort you would expect from a man who is supposed to be an important member of society. Asking for a long-sword shows his age because a long-sword is an old fashioned, heavy weapon and not the weapon of choice for the younger athletic men. We can tell he is trying to act younger by wanting to join in with what the young men are doing and be a part of the action. After Capulet asks for his sword, Lady Capulet says replies "A crutch, a crutch! ...read more.


"Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty, she, I'll swear, hath corns." This is an example of Capulet being flirty towards the young ladies. He is asking them to dance in a flirty manner and trying to impress them by showing off. He is also alienating and embarrissing the ladies so that they follow what he says by saying that whichever lady acts shy and doesn't dance has corns. He associates corns with older women which shows he is being offensive to the older ladies. One way to become popular is to have beautiful women at your party which is why he wants them to be there and shows he is trying to be popular. Being flirty towards women who are so much younger than himself could be seen as slightly odd by some people. He may be acting this way in front of them so they become attracted to him. However, the young ladies would most likely not be attracted to him since they would prefer to mix with people of their own ages. Trying to hold onto the youths at the party could imply that perhaps he is trying to hold onto his own youth. It shows he is desperate to be involved with the younger generation since he tries to act the way the youths act and be like them. ...read more.


We can see that he commands respect and propriety and is liable to fly into rage when either is lacking. Capulet must have a very blind temper to result to threatening Juliet over a simple thing such as her not wanting to marry Paris. As Capulet gets angrier with Juliet, the Nurse steps in and tells Capulet he's wrong to berate Juliet the way he is. Capulet replies - "And why, my Lady Wisdom? Hold your tongue, Good prudence. Smatter with your gossips, go." He is being rude towards the nurse by calling her an old woman and telling her to shutup. He also calls her a 'wise lady' in a sarcastic manner. This sarcasm implies that he is calling her stupid. This gives more evidence that Capulet thinks he knows best and that he is always right. It also shows that Capulet looks down on people who he thinks are 'lower-class' than himself. Even though he is generally 'higher class' than the nurse, it seems like he knows that, therefore he tends to flaunt it and this comes across as arrogance. Arrogance is something which a lot of people dislike and this could affect Capulet's popularity if he acts this way in front of other people. Overall, Capulet is a powerful character which makes other characters appear 'weaker' in comparison. He displays a mixture of qualities and has many contrasting sides to his character; good and bad. ...read more.

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