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I have been asked to prove whether Lord Capulet is a caring parent or not throughout the play

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GCSE English Coursework Romeo and Juliet By: Jasem Alanizy 'Capulet shows himself to be a concerned and caring parent throughout the play.' Examine his role with particular reference to act 3 scene 5 and show whether or not you agree. I have been asked to prove whether Lord Capulet is a caring parent or not throughout the play. I believe that he is a caring father for Juliet, he has said and done things throughout the play to prove this to us, I will talk about this later on during the coursework. Meanwhile let us firstly talk about the general period and background which this play took place in. The story of Romeo and Juliet took place in the Elizabethan period. Women's lives where very difficult during those periods, this is because the men had almost full control over them. The only option for a woman to control her life was suicide. They had no voice in society and did not have money earning jobs, whilst divorce was not an open option for them. They where not given access to education. Men had almost full control over them. This proves to us that a women had no say and whoever her father or brother or male family member told her marry they would have no choice but to marry the chosen man. Women did not have the right to answer back or refuse to get married, and if they did they would have been punished severely for it. ...read more.

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He also thought that Juliet loved Tybalt, which is indicated to us when he quotes 'she loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly'. Juliet does like Tybalt, but she cares mostly about the fact that she may never see Romeo again. Old Capulet thinks of Paris as a gentle, rich, respectful, young and handsome man. He believes that he would make a very good husband to Juliet, 'She shall be married to this Noble earl' this quotation proves to us that he does like Paris by calling him a 'Noble earl'. Lady Capulet is looking forward to the marriage as when she explains it to Juliet she refers to the marriage as a 'day of joy' which indicates that she is looking forward to it. Lady Capulet does agree to the marriage because she also thinks that Juliet is weeping over her cousin's death, and the marriage would make Juliet happy. Lady Capulet has no option but to support the views of her husband as she was possibly even forced to marrying him in the first place, we have discussed the options women had in those times which where very few. Bearing in mind Lady Capulet has been brought up in a patriarchal society she will never speak her mind even if she wanted do. We have come to realise that she is an uncaring parent when Juliet asks her mother to delay the marriage she replies 'Here comes your father. ...read more.

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Him replying 'why, I am glad on't' proves he is now a happy man. In my opinion the biggest indication that proves Capulet loves his daughter Juliet, is when she seems dead to him. He uses quotes such as 'Death lies on her like an untimely frost, upon the sweetest flower of all the field' here he compares Juliet to a flower that has been killed by the frost, 'Ready to go, but never to return' the use of personification here explains the sorrow lord Capulet is going through, this sorrow proves the love he has for his only daughter that has just passed away. At the start of the play it is clear that Capulet loves Juliet, and Juliet loves him just as much. There are many quotes throughout the play that prove this point 'She is the hopeful lady of my earth' this quote proves that he cherishes and cares about her a lot. He shows he is concerned for her and cares for her when he asks her 'where have you been gadding?' Capulet arranged the marriage with Paris to take place because he thought it was best for his daughter, because he thought she was going through a difficult stage in her life where he assumed she was grieving over the death of her cousin Tybalt, where in actual fact she was unhappy because she thought she will never see Romeo again. After reading and understanding the play I strongly believe that Capulet does show himself to be a concerned and caring parent throughout the play. ...read more.

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