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Romeo and Juliet - Capulet's love.

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In Act 3, Scene 5, Capulet enters the room and says: "How now, a conduit, girl? What, still in tears?. This suggests that he is a caring and protective father to her. We have seen this attitude before in the play, when in Act 1, Scene 2 Paris asks him for Juliet's hand in marriage. He says: "My child is still a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years." This again shows Capulet's caring and protective attitude towards Juliet. He is keen for his daughter to find a considerate husband, but goes along with Paris' proposal as long as Juliet consents. Other scenes in the play where we see Lord Capulet in a pleasant mood are at the party scene, when Capulet offers a hearty welcome to his guests and then sits down with his aged cousin to watch the fun. This shows that he is a bit of a party animal. Later on in this scene Tybalt catches Romeo at the party, and wants to pick a fight. Capulet stays calm, and scolds him. He doesn't really mind Romeo being there. He says: "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone." Which is another example of his pleasant personality. But this is ironic because later on in the play his attitude changes dramatically, he forces Juliet into marriage. In Act 3 Scene 5, Capulet is furious with Juliet. There has been evidence that he has a temper, and does not like his position as head of the Capulet family to be challenged, e.g. ...read more.

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This creates more tension because we know that Lady Capulet is coming to tell her about the marriage, but Juliet will never marry Paris, because she is already married to Romeo. When Juliet is upset at loosing the love of her life- Romeo, Lady Capulet makes the situation much worse for her. She comes in, assuming that she is weeping over the death of her cousin Tybalt, she says: "Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?" But actually, they are tears for Romeo. Juliet uses language full of double meanings, and clever puns that make it more dramatic for the audience, who know what she really means. She leads her mother to believe that she wishes Romeo was dead, when in fact she is actually showing her love for him, e.g.: "If you could find a man who has poison, I would like to improve it. [make it harmless] so when Romeo takes it he will sleep quietly [literally]" Her mother threatens vengeance, and promises to have him poisoned in Mantua. She then tells Juliet that her thoughtful father has arranged a surprise for her: "Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child; one who to put thee from thy heaviness," This suggests that Lady Capulet is sure that she will like her dads special arrangement- A wedding with Paris. But when she delivers the good news the gets a shock: "Now, by saint Peters Church, and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride." She refuses, appalled and horrified. ...read more.

Conclusion

She reassures the nurse that she is sorry and that she has displeased her father, and is about to seek forgiveness from the friar. She sends her away, and vows never to trust her again. She feels betrayed. This leads to more dramatic tension as the audience feel sympathy for her. Dramatic tension is built up in this part of the scene as we are wondering whether or not the nurse will tell her parents that she is already married to Romeo, if she refuses to follow her advice. Juliet makes the decision never to confide in her in future. She is left alone, and the scene is ended with a soliloquy. She expresses her hatred for the nurse and says that if the friar cannot help her, she will kill herself. "If all else fail, myself have the power to die." This ends the scene dramatically. As I have explored in this essay, Act 3, Scene 5 is full of dramatic tension, and will leave the audience feeling gripped and effected. Capulet's attitude changes dramatically in this scene, after Tybalt's death. First we see him as a wise and charming man who prevents Tybalt from fighting Romeo, and now as a firm and ruthless father who is forcing his only daughter into marriage. In this scene, Juliet shows up as a character willing to die rather than marry Paris, and cheat on Romeo. Her feelings descend dramatically, when it opens she feels loved, and complete, but by the end she has been deserted by everyone. I think it is a powerful, and well- developed act, because of the gentle opening, and rage at the end make it so powerful. ...read more.

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