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Romeo and Juliet Language Coursework

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How far does Capulet show himself to be a concerned and caring father to Juliet throughout "Romeo and Juliet" In the Elizabethan times, men were considered more dominant than women. This meant that women were considered to be less important and didn't have equal rights. They were not allowed to act, vote, inherit fathers name, inherit estates or to work in law, medicine and politics professions. Women would usually be housewives and mothers. The only real jobs they could get are being cooks, maids and or maybe a female painter. As a man, to treat women equally and with respect would be quite odd in the Elizabethan times, like how Capulet shows it for Juliet throughout the play. In Act 1 Scene 2, Capulet tells Paris that Juliet is not yet old enough to marry him. "My child is yet a stranger". This indicates that Capulet is concerned for Juliet and that he is not like any other typical Elizabethan father. In addition, Capulet says Juliet is not yet "ripe" also gives the idea to the audience that she is not yet ready. ...read more.


Capulet also shows his authority in Act 3 Scene 4 by saying that he doubts Juliet will disobey him by refusing to marry Paris. Capulet told Paris "I doubt it not". Once again this shows how Capulet has become more of a typical Elizabethan father. In addition, the semi-colon breaks up Capulet's first thoughts, and then his after thought. "By me; nay more", "By me" shows the first thought and "nay more". The effect of this is that he is reassuring himself in his after thought. Also in Act 3 Scene 4, Capulet shows how he can empathize with Juliet. "She'll not come down tonight". This points out that Capulet can empathize and put himself in Juliet's shoes. This once again highlights Capulet's care and concern for Juliet. Meanwhile, Romeo had gone to see Juliet but the both families didn't know about it (dramatic irony is taking place again as the audience knows Romeo had gone to see both families). In Act 3 scene 5, Capulet threatens Juliet after she wasn't happy about the early marriage. "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!" "Hang thee, young baggage" and "wretch" have harsh sounding constantans in them like the "b" for "baggage" and the "ch" sound at the end of the word "wretch". ...read more.


He is also excited about it which adds to the idea he is happy for Juliet and wants to make her happier. Meanwhile, Juliet has taken the potion and everyone assumes she's dead but the audience know she isn't really dead ( there is more dramatic irony as the audience knows that Juliet is not really dead but both families thinks she is). In Act 4 scene 5, Capulet still thinks of himself as Juliet's lord. "Her lord is come". This, again, reinforces what Capulet thinks of himself compared to Juliet. In Act 4 scene 5, Capulet is in shock after he thinks Juliet is dead. "An untimely frost". As he thinks Juliet is dead and it has come to a shock to him shows how much he cared about her and that he didn't want to lose her. Capulet can be both, concerned and caring for Juliet and also can be more like a typical Elizabethan father to Juliet and treat her with less respect than people would now. Throughout "Romeo and Juliet" he was more of a concerned and caring father to Juliet but could also treat her worse when he gets angry. Overall Capulet treats women with a lot more respect than a typical Elizabethan father would in their current time. ...read more.

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