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Compare the relationship Capulet has with his daughter Juliet at the start of the play, with the relationship he has after she has secretly married Romeo.

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Compare the relationship Capulet has with his daughter Juliet at the start of the play, with the relationship he has after she has secretly married Romeo. Juliet and her father, Capulet, have a very unequal relationship, with the father being the dominant, authoritive figure of the two. In Shakespeare's time, the father would have been expected to control his daughter. Juliet, confronted with the idea of marriage was given a 'scope of choice' by here father of possible husbands. This, contrasting to other parents of the day would be quite atypical. It would seem as though Capulet is being pleasant, even lenient towards his daughter. To an audience of today, it would seem as though Capulet could be pleasant, a chip in intimidating exterior. In order to marry Juliet, a prospective husband would have had to ask permission from her father. In Romeo's case, we see this being overlooked. There is a change in Juliet's manner and character after the marriage. She becomes rebellious; possibly resenting the fact that her scope of choice had been torn from her, replaced by the decision of her father. Throughout the play there are many different examples of changes to relationships, the most prominent of these being the shift of Lord Capulet's feelings for Juliet from love to almost hatred. This is shown through imagery and language. Juliet Capulet, a thirteen-year-old girl, is one of the main characters of the play and although we are not introduced to her until Act I Scene 3, she features in the play before this point. She is first portrayed as a typical girl during this time period. When she is first mentioned to us, her father is talking to Paris who is asking him for Juliet's hand in marriage. Lord Capulet treats Juliet, during this conversation, as being an independent girl, having reasonable freedom to do as she wanted (to an extent) ...read more.

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His attitude towards Juliet has become far more predominant, even though he is still trying to keep what he thinks are her best interests in mind. As a character Lady Capulet she is quite ambiguous and quietly blends into the background, with the exception of a couple sharp remarks "Here comes your father, tell him so yourself; and see how he'll take at your hands". She just lets Juliet defend her self even though she is highly vulnerable at the moment. Also another observation of the relationship is that it is very impersonal and instead of addressing Juliet with warmth and love, Lady Capulet says "my daughter Juliet". The pivotal point of the relationship between Juliet and her parents happens in Act 3 scene 5 after Juliet has married Romeo and Tybalt has been killed in a fit of rage by Romeo. When Juliet hears this she is distraught and confused. This is where the calamity of the situation becomes apparent. Lord Capulet enters and is unhappy to see his daughter and tries consoles her," how now a conduit, girl... What still in tears?" As Lady Capulet tells Lord Capulet of Juliet's disagreement to the marriage of her and Paris his first reaction is of mild confusion "Is she not proud?" and thinks it is who he has chosen is the problem. This confusion escalates into anger and he throws all kinds of insults at Juliet. He even goes on to insult the nurse "peace you mumbling fool" and treats her with no respect that she would deserve as his child's sole protector for fourteen years. Examples are "mistress minion", Capulet clearly sees his daughter's love as a sin. "You tallow face!" shows that the value of his only daughter has gone drastically down. Finally, the quote "Green sickness carrion" shows that Capulet is now resorting to bullying tactics. "Wretched pulling fool" is another example of this. ...read more.

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Capulet says "Death lies upon her life an untimely frost, upon the sweetest flower of all the field." This shows that he thought she was a beautiful girl, and better looking than all the others. This shows his compassion and loving care for Juliet and how highly he thought of her. He then goes on to say: "Death hath tane her hence to make me wail." We can tell from this that he will grieve, and mourn over Juliet as he thinks fate has done this to him to make him 'wail'. This shows he had affection for Juliet, he cared for her and devoted love to her. This shows the relationship between Juliet and her parents as being loving, caring, affectionate, and cherished. In the play, Shakespeare tries to put forward the image that feuds within the family must not be allowed to grow momentum under any circumstance. In this case, we see that eventually, these arguments act as a catalyst working against us. In the play, two tragic deaths occur; in modern times though, divorce is the main contribution to the break up of families. A modern day audience's view will differ from the view of an audience from Shakespeare's time. Today, we empathise with Juliet because of the perceived lack of freedom she endured - in comparison to that of today's standards. Since Shakespearean times, society has changed significantly. The audience of then would have thought that Juliet had a defiant streak, and would have sympathised with Capulet for having such a disobedient daughter, whose actions eventually lead to the destruction of her, her lover and her family. Capulet's actions would have then been a far more common practice, and so a refusal of his hard work would create as much sympathy for him as for Juliet's misfortunes. The one good thing that comes out of the tragedy of the suicides of Romeo & Juliet is that the misfortune succeeds in bringing together the Montague and Capulet families, ensuring that another tragedy would not happen again. ...read more.

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