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Romeo and Juliet

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What does Shakespeare's use of language in act 3 Scene 5 reveal to the audience about Capulet and Juliet and their relationship as father and daughter? The play 'Romeo and Juliet' written by William Shakespeare, an English poet, is about forbidden love. The play focuses on two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, whose families are feuding enemies. This forces the young lovers to marry in secret and betray their families. In revenge to his friends death Romeo murders Tybalt who is Juliet's cousin (Lord Capulets nephew) and the heir to the Capulet fortune. This puts pressure on Lord Capulet, Juliet's father, to find a match for his daughter that won't just marry her for their fortune. Ultimately Romeo and Juliet both commit suicide in a tragic end. In Elizabethan times family roles were different compared with modern times. It was common for marriages to be arranged for power or money and it was unheard of for a marriage to happen without the parents consent. In a family the father held the power in the household a wife and daughter had to obey. Sons would be the heirs to the family fortunes, if any. In Capulets case Juliet was his one and only child so Tybalt would have been the one that would inherit the money when Capulet dies. The purpose of this essay is to show how Capulet change of mood is shown through the words he uses. ...read more.

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He refers to her as a 'mistress minion', which basically means a spoilt little madam. I as a member of the audience become worried for Juliet when Capulet talks about Juliet being a traitor. The audience know this when Capulet says 'But fettle your fine joints.' In Elizabethan times traitors were dragged through the streets on a wooden frame to execution. Capulet also refers to Juliet as 'baggage,' this shows that he sees his daughter as something that is holding him down and that he's disappointed. Shakespeare's choice of vocabulary shows us that he wants Capulet to be interpreted as a person who believes if you're not with him you're against him as his enemy. This also shows that Capulet is a stubborn person that will not listen to reason even from his own spouse. The audience are clearly shown that this situation has got out of control when Lady Capulet says to Capulet, 'what, are you mad.' Lady Capulet obviously thinks that her angry husband has taken this argument too far. This is in contrast to earlier when Lady Capulet showed no remorse towards Juliet. So far Shakespeare has put Juliet to come across as a strong person. This is contrast to now when Juliet is emotionally forced to go on to her knees to plead with her father. This shows the audience that Capulet holds the power in the relationship and Juliet is his possession. ...read more.

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Juliet is nearly fourteen and it is common for her to get married at this age in Elizabethan times, in modern times this would be uncommon and/or against the law in some countries. Elizabethan times the audience would have probably agreed that Juliet should marry Paris because he is rich and powerful but in modern times marriage usually occurs because of love so they would probably think that Capulet is wrong to force Juliet to marry Paris. Some parts of the play the different eras of audiences would react differently some parts they might react the same. My personal response to the scene is sympathy. I feel sympathetic towards Juliet because she is going through a very bad ordeal and know seems to help her or understand her. I also feel sympathetic towards Capulet because his nephew has just died and he's been working hard top find his daughter a worthy person and when he finally finds one he has had it thrown back in his face. I think the message that Shakespeare and the play he has written is giving is that fighting always leads to pain. If there were no fighting between the Capulets and the Montagues Tybalt would have not been killed. If there were no fighting between the Capulets and the Montagues Romeo and Juliet would have probably been able to marry with their parents blessing as both families are of equal wealth and power. I think this message is still relevant and will always be relevant no matter what time in history. Ajet Durici 1 ...read more.

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