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Examine the character of lord Capulet. Is the audience prepared for the violent outburst towards Juliet in act 3 scene 5 or is it a surprise? - First draft

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Examine the character of lord Capulet. Is the audience prepared for the violent outburst towards Juliet in act 3 scene 5 or is it a surprise? - First draft In this essay, I will be examining the character of Lord Capulet in the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet but first I shall give you some background information on the writer. Shakespeare's birthday is a topic which has been argued about quite a bit, some sources say that his birthday was St. Georges day (23rd April) 1564, others however suggest that this is just an estimate based on the fact that he was baptised on April 26th1564. The play was set 150 - 200 years before it was written and the characters were dressed and the set made accordingly but all Shakespeare's characters acted and talked like the people of Shakespeare's time. ...read more.

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In the opening scene lord Capulet is portrayed by Shakespeare as an old but hot-headed man who still thinks he is young enough to fight "bring me my long sword ho" but his wife soon tells him otherwise "a crutch, a crutch, why call you for a sword?". This tells the audience that he is a violent man even with only the lightest provocation. In the second scene of the play Lord Capulet is shown to be more compassionate, he loves his daughter and says he will give her the choice of who to marry and not make the decision for her and that she should wait two years because he thinks early marriages don't work. He also says that he and Lord Montague can easily keep the peace, even though they were ready to fight, to kill, each other earlier in the play. ...read more.

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This shows he is not restricted to being violent and aggressive towards the Mountagues his own family can receive his insults and threats. Juliet is depressed in Act 3 scene 4 because she married Romeo then he was banished because he killed Tybalt, who in turn killed Mercutio (a friend of Romeo's) but Lord Capulet thinks she is crying because "She loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly" and thinks that marrying Paris will cheer her up, which is why he reacts violently when she refuses, Which is something Elizabethan daughters would never do. To conclude; Shakespeare prepares the audience for what is to happen in some ways but they can mostly only be seen in hindsight, so the audience are probably not properly prepared for the outburst. Although audiences of the time would have expected to see Capulet discipline his daughter they may not have been prepared for it as he has shown love and compassion to her earlier. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Lovegrove 10cw Friday 27th May English coursework Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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