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Romeo and Juliet Crousework

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework In Act One Scene two, Shakespeare presents Lord Capulet as a calm and open-minded elderly gentleman, but in Act three scene five his character totally alters unexpectedly. He is fuming and unpleasant towards his daughter. Act one scene two starts out with Lord Capulet having a contented conversation with the wealthy noble, Paris. Paris is from neither family, Montagues or Capulets. At first, the discussion is about the long feud between the two families, Montagues and Capulets, but Paris alters the subject in his favour. He asks whether he can marry Juliet, Capulet's daughter. Lord Capulet, being a caring man and thinking about his daughter's needs and feelings says wait for two years until she is fifteen and fit to be a bride. He also does not want to say no to Paris so he answers his request by saying: "Let two more summers wither in their pride ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." These lines in the play show their is a secure bond between both Juliet and Capulet. ...read more.

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He wants her to be ready,("ripe"), for her marriage. This decisions and he way he thinks about Paris makes him act carefully around his Paris. He's not a man who falls for another gentleman's wealth, like other foolish men do. He's already wealthy so he needs not worry about wealth. He thinks about what's most acceptable and best for his family, especially his wife and daughter, Juliet. He mentions that she is like the world to him, because the rest of his children have been buried in the Earth. "Earth hath swallowed all my hopes, but she is the hopeful lady of my earth." He says she is his whole world, his earth. The words "Earth hath" and "hopeful lady" are once again unveiling Shakespeare's uses of metaphors. These words unbury that all of Lord Capulet's children died expect for Juliet, so simply she is everything to him, all he has left to love besides his wife. Shakespeare expresses this through Capulet's mood and feelings. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lord Capulet insults his daughter severely after she refuses to obey his decision. "Out, you green-sickness carrions! Out, you baggage! You tallow face!" "Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!" He no longer cares for her needs. He is maddened by her disobedience. After all he has every right to insult her because she is his property, his only child. Shakespeare applies 'you and out' to represent Capulet's outrage. Shakespeare alters the character and role of Lord Capulet drastically between the two scenes. The way he thinks about things in Act one scene two is much different from the way he is thinking in Act three scene five. This is proved, by the change in decision of when his daughter is to get married. In Act one scene two he says, in two years time, but in Act three scene five he says in a weeks time, on a Thursday. His mood also alters with his daughter's decision. Until his daughter speaks out about Paris and how she despises him, he remains a pleasant man, but after her refusal to obey him he loses his temper completely. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thursday 21st June, 2007 Sameenah Hafiz 1 ...read more.

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