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How dose Shakespeare present Lord Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet?" Would you describe him as a typical father of the period? How would you want him portrayed on the stage and which actor would you chose to play the role?

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How dose Shakespeare present Lord Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet?" Would you describe him as a typical father of the period? How would you want him portrayed on the stage and which actor would you chose to play the role? In "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare presents Lord Capulet as a typical father of the time. His main characteristic is to be a loving father and do what is best for Juliet as she is his only child. We know this because Capulet says "Earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she'." As she is his only child, Juliet is very precious to him and he is hesitant to lose her, so he is not keen on his daughter to get married just yet because he thinks she is too young and explains, "My child is yet a stranger to the world." However, if she should fall in love with Paris, her father will be happy to give his consent to the marriage. Lord Capulet's charming nature is also portrayed at the party, where he is a great host and is shown as a sociable person and welcomes his guests into his house warmly by saying, "My praise - and welcome on their pleasure stay." ...read more.

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This confusion and sorrow turns into anger and rage as Juliet does not appreciate his gesture. He threatens Juliet by making an indirect comment, "My fingers itch." it is as if he wants to hit Juliet for what he feels is a lack of respect for him and the traditions of the Capulet name. This lack of respect from Juliet was unusual, as the play was set around the middle or end 16th Century, as Shakespeare was born in the Elizabethan times. It was a very strict period of time for children and they should have been seen and not heard. Fathers of that time would tell their children what to do and they would not get a chance to argue or answer back to their parents as it would be very rude and disrespectful. It would also be very common to arrange a marriage for your daughter to a reputable wealthy man. Lord Capulet wanted to arrange the marriage between his daughter Juliet and Paris the County as he was respectable, wealthy and he owned a title to his name. Lady Capulet also likes Paris for his money and status. ...read more.

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In this film he was in control and this is a similarity to Lord Capulet. It is not a very father-like film but he has kids of his own which will help him in many ways to play the part of Lord Capulet. I think he is the perfect age and build and he fits the character. He is a very good actor and can be very dramatic, jolly and angry when he needs to be, this plays a big part in Lord Capulet's role. I think the audience will be able to comprehend very well with the actor I have chose to play Lord Capulet as they match up very well and it will bring vitality to the character. When he is on stage I would like him to act as if he owns everything and that he is very important and he is respected by a lot of people. This will bring out his character and make it clear to the audience exactly who he is when he first enters onto the stage. The first impression on the audience is very important and I think Lord Capulet will be represented well by Michael Douglas. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gurleen Chaggar 10D 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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