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Matt Phillips What do we learn about Juliet's relationship with her father in act 3 scene 5? Elizabethan times meant that men had complete control of what happened in their family, this is shown in Romeo and Juliet, the play was written when Fathers would find someone for their daughter to marry, who would be married off young, normally from the age of 14. For all of their life, woman would be ruled by the men they lived with, first of al their fathers, and then their husband after the were matched by their father, but because this was normal Elizabethan society, it was not questioned and any objections by women against it, would lead to dire consequences. Capulet is protective over his daughter, most likely because she is his only child, he seems to be afraid of how fast she's growing up at the beginning of the play, especially when Paris asks him to marry Juliet; "My child is yet a stranger in the world, She hath not seen the change of fourteen years;". Capulet is unwilling to let his only daughter marry so early, but invites Paris to a feast at his mansion that evening, where he can woo his daughter, in preparation for when Juliet is old enough. The relationship with Juliet and her father at the beginning of the play is common, Capulet is doing everything he can to prepare a comfortable life for her after she has to be wed, he finds a nobleman with a high status; this is good for both Juliet and the Capulet family name. ...read more.


"'Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow-face!'...'Good father, I beseech you on my knees, hear me with your patience but to speak a word.'" Juliet is desperate to speak to her father, and fears him the whole time throughout this scene which is shown by her language. Capulet flies in to a fiery rage and threatens and insults Juliet, he uses emotive language which often means that the modern audience often sympathise with Juliet, but in the Elizabethan period, Juliet's behaviour could have been seen very differently, she might be seen as acting spoilt headstrong, character traits that were undesirable at the time which might be how Capulet sees his daughter, explaining why he acted in the way he did. Capulet distances himself from his daughter with his language, and casts dramatic imagery with his insults; "Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bride?" he does not speak to her directly, instead often to his wife referring to her in the third person, this distances himself from her and is like him disowning her. As well as this, his anger becomes more and more aggressive, and in some versions of the play Capulet can be seen abusing his daughter physically, as well as verbally "Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither." a hurdle is a frame on which prisoners were dragged to execution, this shows how strongly Capulet feels, that no matter how much Juliet refuses to, he will force her to marry Paris. ...read more.


Throughout the play, things have put strain on Juliet and Capulet's relationship, at the beginning they had a common father, daughter relationship, where Capulet had power over her, but communicated through Lady Capulet about important situations, she had more respect for him at the beginning, and even consented to marrying Paris in the future then. Capulet obviously cared for Juliet and wanted to protect her, which is why he spent so long finding the right suitor for her, he also planned the wedding to benefit Juliet, as he thought it was the right thing to do for the family. Even though Juliet respected her father, she had to refuse to marry Paris, it was noticeably hard for her to do, and begged for her father to forgive her. Capulet did not know about the deeper reasons forcing Juliet to disobey him, and therefore could not fully understand, this is why he reacted so dramatically. Because he was so angry when she rejected Paris's proposal, when she finally consented it was such a relief, and filled him with joy. But after Juliet's suicide, it appears that he was never really close with Juliet, as he focuses on how he will never have an heir, as now Paris will not be married in to the family, and won't have a son to leave his name to; "Death is my son-in-law, Death is my heir, my daughter he hath wedded. I will die and leave him all; life, living, all is Death's." This proves how sexist the society was, Capulet saw his daughter only as a path to gain a son. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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