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Romeo and Juliet. Discuss the behaviour of Lord Capulet and consider his attitude, and also how far is Lord Capulet responsible for the tragedy.

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Imran khan English Coursework Romeo & Juliet This coursework will look at Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet. Specifically, the behaviour of Lord Capulet and his attitude will be considered and also how far is Lord Capulet responsible for the tragedy. The writer of the play and the eldest son of John and Mary Shakespeare (William Shakespeare's parents) William Shakespeare was born on 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. This play is one of the most famous plays in the English language. The play "Romeo and Juliet" is about Love, Hate and Feud between the two households Montagues and Capulets. The Feud and hate between the two households turned into Love and Friendship in just 5 days because of the death of these star-crossed lovers 'Romeo' and 'Juliet'. William Shakespeare keeps referring to time because he wants to tell the audience that how quickly every thing is happening e.g. Very late, Tonight, Wednesday next, Thursday, Go to bed, An hour ago. The Prologue of the play gives us the whole story what is going to happen in the play before even it starts but it does not state what the argument is about but we do know that it has been going on for long time. This particular thing is a very clever way to start a play also shows how clever the writer is. ...read more.

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Tybalt says this because Romeo is a Montague and he will be going to spoil our party tonight. Lord Capulet knows that Romeo is a Montague and says, " A bears him like a gentleman; and to say truth, Verona brags of him to be virtuous and well ground youth." and also says " Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone" He means that Romeo is very good and nice boy that is what he has heard from every body and he will not spoil our party. This also tells us that if Lord Capulet is following what Prince of Verona have said (about death penalty). If Lord Capulet would have tried to send Romeo out from the party there would have been fight, which would lead to some one's death, and then at the end Lord Capulet would be blamed for all this because he is the main head of the Capulet family. Lord Capulet seems very good and caring father, we can see that when Lord Capulet goes into Juliet's bedroom and finds her crying on the bed. Which he thinks the reason is because her cousin Tybalt has died. Lord Capulet looks at her tears and her shaking body and to give her a bit of comfort Lord Capulet says words which to water and storm. ...read more.

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Upon finding out Juliet does not want to marry Paris, Capulet threatens her "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee what, go to church o' Thursday, or never after look me in the face." Capulet is threatening to throw her out of the house, unless she goes to the church on Thursday... The Capulets are mainly guilty of neglecting their daughter; there are many examples of Lord Capulet's behaviour, which made the impending tragedy more likely. Lord Capulet is seen to be uncompromising and expecting of blind allegiance from those around him. For example at the party, which is held at the Capulet residence. Tybalt sees Romeo and wants to make a scene but Capulet stops him. (Tybalt) 'I will not endure him. (Capulet) He shall be endured...Am I master here?' Although Romeo being at the party was seen by Tybalt as a blatant threat, Capulet was not prepared to have his night ruined by his nephew's fiery temperament. Tybalt is clearly insulted by the fact that Capulet undermined him, but he would never disobey his uncle. However, Capulet's demeaning treatment of Tybalt only heightened the young man's determination to punish Romeo. 'I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest of gall.' Tybalt's need to resolve the 'threat' resulted in the death of Mercutio, causing Romeo to take revenge and from this leading to his exile. ...read more.

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