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How does Capulet change throughout the course of the play Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Capulet change throughout the course of the play Romeo and Juliet? The play Romeo and Juliet was Shakespeare's first attempt at a tragedy. A tragedy is an event resulting in great loss and misfortune, or an era with very unfortunate results. Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, a wealthy suburb of Mantua, during the 12th and 13th century. The setting of the play is effective as Verona is a very hot place. This creates reckless behaviour, which adds to the tension in the play. It also allows a drastic change in scene as well as behaviour at the end of the play. Everything changes to dark and cold to add to the effect. The play is based upon the characters Romeo and Juliet and tells their story. They are deeply in love and will do anything to be together. Romeo sneaked into the Capulet's party, where he met Juliet. Here they fell in love. Only to discover that they were members of families that had a long running feud, that still existed. There family's would never allow them to be together, so that night they decided that they would get married in secret. Once married everything went fine, until the day that Tybalt challenged Romeo to a dual. Romeo refused to fight, but Mercutio fought Tybalt, and ended up dead. ...read more.


Capulet is a man who likes to have fun and socialise, so he is holding a party and invites the citizens of Verona, " This tonight I hold an accustomed feast, whereto I have invited many a guest...through fair Verona, find those persons out, whose names are written there, and to them say, my house and welcome, on their pleasure stay." The audience at the moment sympathise with Capulet, the angry side revealed at the beginning is forgotten; now they only see Capulet as a kind, caring, considerate character. In act 3 scene 5 Capulet's attitude towards the marriage of Juliet and Paris has changed, he has now agreed to let Juliet marry. Capulet believes that Juliet will be delighted with the news. When Capulet enters the room you can see that he believes that Juliet is still upset about the death of her cousin Tybalt, so he tries to comfort her, when in actual fact she is grieving over the news that Romeo is banished for slaying Tybalt. "When the sun sets, the earth doth drizzle dew, But for the sunset of my brother's son, it rains downright. How now a conduit girl, what still in tears." Capulet attempts to feel how Juliet does, describing her using a metaphor, "Evermore showering in one little body? ...read more.


These are used as they are short, but give a very poignant point. In Act 4 scene 5 Capulet is grief stricken when he hears the news of his daughter's "death", he even says he will kill himself, as there has been too much death to cope with. "Death is my son-in-law, death is my heir, My daughter he hath wedded. I will die." The audience sympathises with Capulet, but he is oblivious to the fact that he was partly to blame for her death, though I don't think this affects the way that the audience feel. Though later in the play, when both Romeo and Juliet are dead Capulet realises that the family feud was to blame for their deaths, "This dagger hath mistaken, for lo his house is empty on the back of Montague." Capulet changed throughout the course of the play. The audience at times have found it hard to sympathise with Capulet, as he has done things that we would find unthinkable. Though at the end you feel sorry for him, as he has paid a huge price for his actions, in wanting to keep his pride and superiority he has lost the life of his only daughter and heir. I think that Shakespeare has deliberately made Capulet the way he is as he is the bad person, without realising he is. Tybalt is the villain, as Tybalt himself knows he is bad, Capulet doesn't realise what he is doing, and I think Shakespeare did this deliberately. ...read more.

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