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How does Shakespeare build Lord Capulets mood in this scene?

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How does Shakespeare build Lord Capulet's mood in this scene? Throughout all his plays, William Shakespeare manages to build the mood of the scene and of the characters through his writing. This unique skill gives power and depth to the scene. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare builds a very strong mood in his characters, in particular, Lord Capulet's mood in the scene where his daughter tells him that she will not marry Paris. His explosive reaction is strongly felt through Shakespeare's words. Juliet does not wish to disobey her father. At the time when the scene was written, a daughter was very much expected to obey and respect her father, the head of the house. At the time though, a father oft chose a husband for his daughter, so Juliet was actually lucky that her father was originally willing to let her choose her spouse. But he changes his mind after his heir', Tybalt's, death. He could have changed his mind for many reasons. The most plausible ones are his anxiety over losing his heir, where would his money go now? And the other is him thinking that a marriage to a very eligible young man would cheer his inconsolable daughter up. He was wrong. His plan provokes the opposite reaction to the one he expected. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses many technical devices to prove his point, but also the words themselves support his ideas. Lord Capulet at many parts during the scene is cruel to Juliet but the way in which he treats her shows just how angry he is. Twice during the scene he repeats her words. But he turns them against her in a mocking patronising way. He completely throws them back in her face. He insults her, ridicules and mocks her, and the insults only get worse and worse. He threatens to "drag [Juliet] on a hurdle" to the church to be married, clearly stating (a hurdle is a frame on which you are taken to be executed) that he would happily drag her like a prisoner, publicly humiliating her, if she doesn't obey him. "Green-sickness carrion" and "tallow-face" are some of the insults that follow. "Green-sickness" means rotten and "carrion" is dead meat, so Capulet is calling his daughter rotten dead meat. But this rotten dead meat is just that, rotten. Shakespeare could be making this sound like Juliet is something to give you a dreadful sickness, possibly one that would kill you. Capulet back this up with the indication that he thinks Juliet is a curse. It is at that point that Nurse cuts in with her own cry of "God in heaven bless her!" ...read more.


In which case Lady Capulet would then be on her husband's side as a faithful and dutiful wife should be. Actions can be used to emphasize a point and to provoke emotions in the audience. When Juliet is asking her father to listen, she could be down on her knees, begging him instead to make the audience understand how desperate she really is. In turn, Lord Capulet could make strangling actions with his hands when it comes to his line, "my fingers itch" clearly showing the audience that he is so angry that he is moved to violence. Different directors will have different directions; each will bring a new level to the scene that maybe no one has thought of before. In conclusion, Shakespeare uses many technical and lingual devices to build up the mood of the fiery Lord Capulet. Knowing that his daughter should obey him, as they had to in those times, helps us to understand his anger, but the reader knows Juliet's secret and therefore is not as ignorant as Capulet. The many metaphors and similes used as insults by Capulet show his fury and frustration, while Juliet's careful, 'walking on egg-shells' type manner helps us to comprehend her desperation. The two contrasts in turn help to develop the other. The scene is a tremendously powerful one and Shakespeare's genius as writer helps it to be so. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emily Cramond-Wong 3E ...read more.

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