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Romeo and Juliet - Analysing Capulet.

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Steven Gregson 11I Romeo and Juliet Analysing Capulet A good father in the 21^st Century should be trusting - He should be approachable, so that you can go and ask him for things and know that you will be safe and sensible with what you do. He should be honest, So that he can tell you his truthful opinions rather than making something up to make awkward situations seem better for not only us, but him. He should be reliable, so you can count on him that he'll be there when you need him. Caring, about everything you are and you do. Someone who gives guidance rather than dictating what you do. Somebody you can talk to when you need to and they will listen to your needs. Able to provide a safe environment for you to live in and around. Supportive when you feel you need him the most. A good father in Shakespearian times was the Head of the house; whatever he said or did was acknowledged and taken heed of. They were expected to ensure that the family name, honour and fortune were upheld. All of their fortune was inherited; they did not have to work for the money. Being the father, this made him the man of the house, so he ruled the family. He was expected to arrange a good marriage for his children, usually meaning that he married them into another well off family! Capulet is a typical Shakespearian father. We first see Lord Capulet in Act 1, Scene 1; when the fighting has broken out between the servants of both, Capulet and Montague. ...read more.


Capulet feels responsible for the death of Tybalt, and to stop everyone feeling so bad, on impulse he suggests a wedding in order to cheer them all up. He decides that she is to be married on Wednesday, but upon finding out what day it is, he decides Wednesday is too soon, and changes his mind too Thursday. In this scene, Capulet says "we were born to die," this shows that Capulet is not afraid of death, and he is aware that everything dies. I believe by saying this he is trying to cheer up everybody, and it is also an attempt to make himself feel not so responsible for Tybalt's death, as everybody dies. He also says "I think she will be ruled in all respects by me!" This shows another side to Capulet, as he is enforcing now what he gave Juliet the choice of before. This is basically saying that he is in charge of Juliet, and whatever he says, she now has to do. The death of Tybalt has changed his mood quite a lot. We see Capulet in the scene afterwards, Act 3, scene 5; when he is having a large row with Juliet. They are rowing because Juliet has informed him that she does not want to marry Paris, this makes him furious. Lady Capulet talks to Juliet first, and finds out that she does not want to marry Paris; Lady Capulet then goes to fetch Capulet and tell him the news. "What, still in tears? ...read more.


He continues using sexual imagery, by saying that Juliet had been "deflowered" by death. However, he is unaware of the fact that Juliet had slept with Romeo before her death, but she's not really dead. Capulet sees death as his "son in-law" and his "heir." This is rather sick on Capulet's behalf, as he seems to be more concerned about the succession of the Capulet name, rather than the death of his only child, Juliet. Finally we see Capulet in Act 5, Scene 3; when both Lord Montague and he view the now dead bodies of both Romeo and Juliet. Their grief unites the two enemies at last. Will the death of both of their children, who were in love, finally make the families make piece with one another... I guess we'll never know! I believe that Capulet would at last make peace with the Montague's, as I think that Friar Laurence would of told Capulet about the love and marriage of Romeo and Juliet, to explain why they both killed themselves. I think that the families would have made peace, so that this would be a large thing for them to remember their deceased children by. I personally do not think that this is in character of Lord Capulet, but as we've seen throughout the play, Capulet regularly changes his mood. I think that he would adapt to the loss, and that this would make him change quite a lot. As he would probably blame himself for the death of Juliet. Making him a changed man, who would want to make peace with the family that his daughter chose to marry into, as it would have been her last wish. ...read more.

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