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My assignment will look at the attitude and the behaviour of Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and I will also look at how far Lord Capulet is to blame for the tragedy of the star-crossed lovers.

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Romeo and Juliet My assignment will look at the attitude and the behaviour of Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and I will also look at how far Lord Capulet is to blame for the tragedy of the star-crossed lovers. The most famous English playwright William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare son of John and Mary Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Before the play started an actor would come up to the stage and read out the prologue. The prologue summarised the play. There are several sonnets in the play, the chorus at the start and end of Act 1, Lady Capulet's praise of Paris. "Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, by having him, making yourself no less."(Act 1, Scene 3, line 82-95) In the prologue the audience picks up that the play will be about love and hatred because words like "love," "mutiny" and "death" are used but more significantly there are more words linked with hate and death used for example "civil blood," "misadventure" and "piteous overthrows." ...read more.

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At times Lord Capulet is a very calm and reasonable man. When the young and rich county Paris requests to marry Capulets daughter he explain that Juliet is still 13 years old " she hath not seen the change of fourteen." At the feast on Sunday Lord Capulet welcomes everybody and this shows that he is a very friendly man. Later he reminisces with his cousin about the past and when it comes to the time for the dancers to dance Capulet uses the excuse " for you and I are past our dancing days," and "How long is it since last yourself and I were in a mask." Also at the feast Tybalt, Capulets nephew recognizes Romeos voice and is annoyed that a Montague has come to a Capulets party, Tybalt asks for his sword, "fetch me my rapier boy." But Capulet scolds Tybalt for inadequate a fight; he also goes on to say that Romeo is a "virtuous and well governed youth." ...read more.

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The actor would say these lines (short sharp sentences) very quickly and he would be moving around very quick on the stage to give the idea to the audience that he is very busy. The overall behaviour can be described as him being a representative father of his time because he is very thoughtless but is behaviour is influenced by the fact that he was living in Verona at a time that Verona was patriarchal city. In my view Lord Capulet is not to blame for the tragedy because he was just trying to be a very caring father and he wanted his daughter to be happy, "she is the hopeful lady of my life." It was the hate of the feud that caused this tragedy of the star crossed lovers and as we are told, "Here is much to do with hate, but more to do with love," and the love of Romeo and Juliet succeeded in bringing the families together but at a price of their lives. ...read more.

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