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How does Shakespeare present the character of Capulet to the audience in Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet and so prepare them for his actions later?

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How does Shakespeare present the character of Capulet to the audience in Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet and so prepare them for his actions later? The play Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare it was one of his earliest plays and was performed in 1565. In this time when the play was written there would have been no televisions or computers to watch or lay on. Also only a small minority of the audience could read and write, so the theatre became a popular form of entertainment for all ages. The story on the whole is about two lovers who cannot be together; this is because they live in different families who fight each other, because they think that they are better. The two families are Capulet's and Montague's. The character Capulet, in the play is the father of Juliet. Shakespeare created the character Capulet to stir the love relationship up a bit. This adds tension to the play in which Juliet doesn't want to marry the person her father suggests, but she really loves Romeo, but Capulet doesn't know this. The way in which Shakespeare's stagecraft is used, for the character Capulet, is very interesting. As in the beginning of the play, Shakespeare wanted to make Juliet marry Paris. Capulet had the sort of personality that would care and feels strong about his daughter. Also that he would help someone or give him or her advice. ...read more.

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Coming back to the point, he speaks a lot about Juliet. He is trying to encourage her to take Paris' hand in marriage. 'And too soon marred are those so early made'. When he is talking about Juliet, this is showing to the audience that he is a gentle and happy father towards his daughter. But he still wants the best for him and his family. Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris as, he thinks that the sooner they marry, she can't change her mind. This also show's again that he wants the best for his family. Also he wants his name to live on, and that she will not marry the enemy. But the biggest reason is that he wants a decent man to inherit his wealth. Women at this time could not inherit, only men were allowed to. But one thing is left; Capulet doesn't know that Juliet is in love with Romeo. Of course this is the complete opposite to what he wants. This gives the audience an idea of what he will feel when he finds out. And that it will be of disappointment and sadness. In Act 1 Scene 5, when Tybalt crosses Capulet, there is a little bit of information given out by this scene to the audience about the play. The information is that, Capulet tells Tybalt that he has told Juliet that he doesn't want her to marry Romero, but he would prefer her to marry Paris. ...read more.

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His reaction now is that he is a terrible father and wants to get his own way all of the time. But at this time, fathers and husbands did actually plan their daughter's weddings. The things that I have discussed are that, the character Capulet has a dual personality. At the start of the play he is shown as, a caring father and would sacrifice his life for his daughter and family. But at the end of the play, the audience perspective of the character Capulet, completely changes. He turns into a real monster. Just because his daughter doesn't want to marry the person that he has chosen for her. He abuses his daughter, just to get his own way. In answer to the question, Shakespeare uses a unique approach to, put the character Capulet on stage. In act 1, he is a loving father, in which all of his family likes him. He is well known within his family and his social standing and wealth are great. It then prepares the audience for act 3 in an unusual way. As in act 1 he is gentle and loving, but the audience does not suspect that he has a dual personality. I think of it as a trick, to get the aspects across to the audience of a kind man. But no one suspects that he changes dramatically, so it prepares the audience in such away that they don't know what is going to happen next. ...read more.

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