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Lord Capulet essay

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Introduction

With Particular reference to Act 3 scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet", discuss how Shakespeare presents Lord Capulet's character to the audience. Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" is set in "fair Verona" in Northern Italy around 1599. It is one of Shakespeare's most captivating plays due to the theme of forbidden love, a mixture of tragedy and love. In this essay I will be concentrating on the part of Lord Capulet, the father of Juliet and the head of one of the rivaling families. This feud is first mentioned in the prologue described as an "ancient grudge" between "Two households, both alike in dignity". This informs the audience of the setting and the struggles before this story starts. In Act 1, Scene 1 we are first introduced to Lord Capulet. "Give me my long-sword, ho!" This line reveals many traits of Capulet's personality. It shows that he is reasonably pugnacious and cantankerous as he does not wait to discover what the fight is about. In this scene you do compare Capulet's character with Benvolio's; although Benvolio is younger; he is much wiser and tries to make the servants "part", whereas Capulet is much more head-strong and much less rational, he lunges straight into the fight without finding out what it was about. ...read more.

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However when Tybalt disrupts the jocular mood by wanting to fight Romeo we see a very different side to Capulet. Capulet tries first to calm Tybalt down with advisory words; "let him alone." "Take no note of him." However as Tybalt undermines Capulet's words Capulet become extremely aggressive and antagonistic; "Go to!" "You must contray me!" "You are a prin-cox". This scene foreshadows his diatribe in Act 3, Scene 5 when Capulet is faced with insubordination. He uses short imperatives which highlight his anger, and short fuse. In Act 3, Scene 4, Capulet finally gives Paris permission to marry Juliet. This is the pivotal moment in the play which leads to many other dramas. I believe that there are many reasons as to why Capulet now allowed Paris marry Juliet after Tybalt's death. I believe that he may have been trying to change the mood and wanted to have a party. He did not ask Juliet's permission and accepted the marriage without her consent; however, this would not have been odd in Elizabethan times; he says with confidence. "I think she will be rul'd/ In all respects by me. Nay more, I doubt it not." When Capulet enters Juliet's room in Act 3, scene 5 we see him tease Juliet. ...read more.

Conclusion

However the flower imagery emphasises Juliet's delicateness and fragility and the temporal nature of beauty and I believe that the audience would generally feel for Capulet. However even in the time of grief he is thinking who will get his money now; "death is my only heir." I think that this is quite a selfish thing to say when your daughter has just passed away. Also, even in grief Capulet is planning the funeral party;"turn from their office to black funeral". Romeo, Paris and Juliet are now all dead and the tragedy has happened. As both rivaling families gather at the death beds they truce. "O brother Montague, give me thy hand, this is my daughters jointure." Capulet does not stay as stubborn at the end but he and Montague had lost what was most dear to them. Overall I feel that Shakespeare portrays Capulet as a kindly man who suffers from the prejudice of his time. He is portrayed to have a short-temper but considering that at that time he was suffering from the grief of the death of his nephew we cannot detest his character for it. I believe he is really light-hearted, with a playful mood, which especially comes out when he is being a jovial host. I believe him to be king but often exaggerated and mistaken. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jessica Peacock, 10F, Mrs. Saunders. ...read more.

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