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ROMEO AND JULIET

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Introduction

Question: Examine closely the relationship between Capulet and his daughter Juliet. In William Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' there is the issue of a relationship between two very important characters in the play. These two characters are Juliet the daughter and Lord Capulet her father. Throughout the play these two characters relationship changes. At the beginning of the play the relationship between father and daughetr begins as a loving and close one however as the play develops the relationship between the two become cold and distant to the shock of the audience. At the beginning of the play Juliet is a child who is sheltered by here father from the trends of the time. Lord Capulet and count Paris discuss the subject of marriage between Juliet and Count Paris in act 1 scene 2. Count Paris requests the hand of Juliet in marriage: 'But now my lord, What say you to my suit?' However Capulet refuses to give his daughter in marriage saying that she is not old enough to marry yet. He says that he will marry her after a further two years. ...read more.

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'As she agreed within her own scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice.' Arranged marriages were a common practice of Elizabethan times. The audience seeing this would also be amazed considering that he is leaving the choice towards his daughter. As the play develops it is tilted to one side when the death of Tybalt, the cousin of Juliet occurs. This causes a delay in the marriage of the Count and Juliet. "Things have fall'n out sir, so unluckily, That we have had no time to move our daughter." Capulet is saying here that due to the recent events they have failed to inform Juliet of the marriage. As Paris begins to leave he is the recalled and told by Capulet that he has decided that Juliet shall marry. 'Of my child's love. I think she will be ruled In all respects by me; nay more, I doubt it not.' The words Capulet speaks here show a huge change in his attitude towards the marriage of his daughter. ...read more.

Conclusion

She shall be married to this noble earl. Will you be ready? Do you like this haste? Capulet's use of language indicates more concern for his own social status and material comfort which is safer for him then to think of the recent events that lrad to the death of Tyblt. In act 3 scene 5, Juliet refuses to marry Paris unaware of the fact that she is already married he is surprised at her refusal as he feels he has arranged a fantastic marriage. He therefore questions his wife lady Capulet: How will she none? Doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blessed, The audience hearing capulet's words will be complient to what he is saying. The fact that Juliet is refusing marriage to a 'gallant, young, noble gentleman' causes him to lose his temper which is also evident in the first seen at the market. Juliet rejects all the loving attention that she has received from her father although she has very little say in the outcome. Capulet uses Juliet's youth in order to mock her reluctance not to marry Count Paris. 'Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch! ...Out on her, hilding!' ...read more.

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