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In Romeo and Juliet, Act three Scene five, Lord Capulet is shown to be a concerned, caring father. How far do you agree with this statement, both in the scene and in the play?

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GCSE English Shakespeare Assignment 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play which combines both love and hatred. It is split into scenes of dramatic violence and scenes of romance. 'Romeo and Juliet' shows the hatred of enemies and the havoc love can cause. Romance and tragedy is the main themes of the play. Romeo and Juliet are in love with each other however there is a considerable feud between their families. Romeo comes from the Montague family and Juliet is from the Capulet family. Firstly, in the play Capulet is very affectionate towards his daughter, Juliet. After Juliet says she cannot marry Paris, he is distraught and threatens to throw her out of the Capulet household. Her father is infuriated and starts to insult her. He calls her a "young baggage, disobedient wretch!", "green sickness carrion", "tallow-face". He says to Juliet that if she does not go to church to be married, he tells her not to look at him in the face. He threatens that he'll sling her out onto the streets, where she will beg and starve. "And you be not, hang, beg and starve, die in the streets." We first see Lord Capulet in Act one Scene one, when he discovers that a furious riot develops. He wants to fight with the Montague's which shows us that his character is kind hearted from the outside but greedy and violent from the inside. ...read more.


This shows that the bonding between Juliet and her mother is unconvincing. Lady Capulet is mainly on the side of her husband and she has shown no sympathy towards her daughter and not offered much support. Therefore, she may only care about the wealth and reputation of Paris. Juliet can't tell her parents about her marriage with Romeo as it will ruin the family resulting in more havoc between the Capulet's and Montague's. The desperate solution that the Friar suggests is for Juliet to take a special remedy that she will take the day before her wedding. The remedy will make Juliet appear as if she is dead. She will then be placed in Capulet's vault where Romeo will be. "That cop'st with death himself to scape from it; And if thou dar'st, I'll give thee remedy." "Small Romeo he my letters know our drift. And hither shall he come, and he and I, will watch thy waking." Juliet's reaction is as if she does not care and would be willing to risk her life and is willing to risk her life for her love. "Give me, give me! O tell me not of fear." At this point, her behaviour shows that she has had enough of her parents as she has had enough of her parents thinking about themselves rather than thinking of themselves rather than thinking how she feels: marrying her to someone she doesn't even know! ...read more.


He is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. This is because if he talked to Juliet and began to understand her feelings, then he could have put her out of her misery by negotiating with Romeo's parents. Lord Capulet's attitude reflects the attitudes of parents generally at the time because parents would have been authoritarian towards their children at that time. They would have expected their children to be obedient and well mannered. Capulet's personality causes him to behave violently as he wants to be more successful than the Montague's. Shakespeare wrote the play to settle feuds between families at the time and give a strong message that life is not about wealth and greediness but about bonding and friendship. There is a message in the story for parents of today that forcing children into marriage and not communicating or considering the feelings of the child could have deadly consequences. Lord Capulet's attitude towards his daughter is appalling. He has neither interest in nor understanding of how a father should treat and comfort his daughter. He may have mourned for her but he never got to see her true feelings. He treated her as if she was a toy: he played and used her when she was needed; took out his anger on her whenever and whatever the situation. He should have talked to his daughter more rather than planning weddings. He got to know the groom before he got to understand his daughter's feelings. ...read more.

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