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Lord Capulet - The play, Romeo and Juliet was written in a Patriarchal society.

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Lord Capulet The play, Romeo and Juliet was written in a Patriarchal society. This is where men (particularly fathers) dominated Elizabethan society. This male domination is shown in the play through Lord Capulet's relationships between his wife, daughter and other members of his family. This patriarchal domination makes him very powerful and makes other characters in the play weaker by comparison. This power is very important in determining the outcome of the play. The portrayal of Lord Capulet's character, shows him as one who has the power to tell others what to do as well as having complete power over his household and what happens in his household. He expects his wife (Lady Capulet), daughter (Juliet) and his servants to do exactly as he tells them. He had confidence in his authoritarian form of leadership. Shakespeare also shows awareness of the power of individual free will in this play. People will often ignore authority and in this play the authority that Juliet tries to ignore is her father Lord Capulet, whereas Lady Capulet submits to this male domination of her husband's instead of resisting and having to suffer the consequences. ...read more.


At this moment Capulet uses fond, caring and comforting words like 'How now...'but his sympathy for Juliet and his patience soon run out. The image of a storm Capulet conjured up earlier (in lines 126-38) is ironic as shortly a storm is about to erupt between Lady Capulet and Juliet. This suspense that has been brought into the play at this stage is a key moment that moves the plot forward, causing the audience to anticipate developments. Lord and Lady Capulet are very surprised when Juliet flatly refuses to marry Paris, Verona's most eligible bachelor. This is shown through the contrast in Capulet's tone and use of words toward Juliet compared to his previous tone. It also shows the change of character in Lord Capulet and the dramatic change in relationship between himself and Juliet. He calls Juliet not by her name but by the repeated use of the word, 'She,' 'Will she none?' 'Doth she not give us thanks?' ...read more.


The impossibility of finding a chink in his armour, whereby he might be approached with hope of a favourable outcome, left Juliet's nurse powerless to intercede. Lord Capulet was the one with the power but his servant, Juliet's nurse was the one who knew Juliet's plight, but he never thought to enquire of her. Juliet pleaded with her father on her knees to be heard but his overriding dominance made him deaf to his daughter's plea. Instead, his anger ruled, 'Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!' He only reiterated the impossible command, that she, 'get to church o' Thursday, Or never look me in the face.' We have here the threat of banishment. He is pushing her further away from any resolution of the dilemma. He thinks everything can be resolved by force and power and this is the same streak that perpetuates the strife between his house and that of Montague. He was so angry he was to wanting to punish her physically, 'My fingers itch.' He effectively sealed her up in her silence, leaving her to her fate, 'Speak not reply not, do not answer me!" ...read more.

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