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To what extent is the audience prepared for the way in which lord Capulet reacts to Juliet's refusal to marry Paris? By Mohamoud 'Mousse' Musse In this essay I will be studying, to what extent is the audience prepared for the way in which lord Capulet reacts to Juliet's refusal to marry Paris? Paris, Lord Capulet and Juliet being characters in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. Shakespeare wrote this romance in the 15th century Verona. Romeo and Juliet being main characters, where they were denied their love because of an ancient family. This essay will be examining the social, moral and historical contexts of the play as well as their characterisation. It will also be examining the reactions of a contemporary and a modern audience to help answer the essay title. The tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet' begins when a 'chorus' comes out and recites the prologue of the play. The purpose of the prologue is to familiarise the audience about the content and give us an abridgement of the play. However, unlike other standard prologues it's written in the form of a sonnet In this prologue we are already given some information about Capulet without his name being unveiled. Shakespeare writes, 'From ancient grudge break to new mutiny'. Shakespeare reveals to the audience that two parties are going to re-enforce their resentment towards each other. One party being the household of the Capulet's and the other being a very similar household, known as the Montague's. ...read more.


But a contemporary audience might find this normal as this was normal during the time of Shakespeare. Lord Capulet praising his daughter's intelligence might be absurd when he neglects her independence and love life for her to marry Paris. Lord Capulet shows great sign of intelligence because of his imaginative use of figurative language. In his conversation with Paris who wishes to wed his daughter, Lord Capulet uses metaphors of Nature in his references to his daughter. In Act I, Scene II of "Romeo and Juliet" he refers to her as a fruit that has not yet ripened as on a tree that needs to be "two summers" older before it will bear good fruit. In act 1 scene 5 Capulet has thrown one of his annual parties at his house. Two intruders were found at the party, one of them being one of the main characters Romeo and the other being foolish Mercutio. Despite the two intruders being members of his enemy household, he doesn't retaliate and carries on with his friendly party mood. The audience might be shocked by this as they are members from his rival family and he is not retaliating in any manner. Reasons for this might be because of County Paris presence at the party. Tybalt, a fiery character, wants to deal with the two intruders but Lord Capulet tells him off. Capulet says, 'you are a princox; go: Be quiet'. ...read more.


He says, 'Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch'. He bursts out calling his own daughter a 'wretch' meaning a miserable un-happy person. He seems to be confused with his daughter's reaction, possibly, not knowing of her change in behaviour. But Juliet might even not know of her father's change in mind that might have been due to the killing of Tybalt. Seeing a lot of young girls rebelling against their parents in the modern world, you would expect a modern audience to not be surprised with Juliet's reactions. But a contemporary audience would see this as mutiny, living a patriarchal society; you usually listen to what the male says without hesitation. Juliet quiet idiotically foreshadows her own death. She says, 'Or, if you do not, make the bridal bed. In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.'. She suggesting that if she is forced to marry Tybalt she will die. Funnily, she does die but mainly because she didn't get to be with Romeo. But Juliet is in love and love requires for the lovers to sacrifice for each other. Studying all possible verdicts for how the audience are ready for Lord Capulet's reactions. I have come to a personal agreement that the audience might have been slightly prepared. I say this because he hints his change of thoughts during his conversation with Paris. But however this is my personal opinion and I am a free person, entitled to my opinion. As an opinion, I see it's unnecessary to justify it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohamoud Musse 10K2 6247 English Ms. Sabbagh (N�e Platten) ...read more.

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