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Romeo & Juliet, Capulet's character

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Matt Newbery ACT 1 SCENE 1 In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Capulet is showing that he is definitely not the perfect father and must take some responsibility towards the unfortunate tragedy of Juliet's death. The feud between the Capulets and Montagues has lead to the catastrophe of Juliet's death. This is significant, as Capulet has let the feud carry on through generations. "Give me my long sword ho." Capulet is playing up to the Verona city crowd. This is the first time we see Capulet's desperation to be like a young man. He asks for someone to fetch him his long sword, as this is the habitual combat weapon of a strong, virile young man. Capulet has a blurred opinion that the people of Verona are backing him and he unknowingly humiliates himself depicting himself as something he is not. His audacious struggle to get the Montagues to look up to him, doesn't seem to be paying off. His conceited behaviour shows to be quite amusing throughout Shakespeare's play. Act 1 scene 2 In his consultation with Paris, who seeks Juliet's hand: "Let two more summers wither in their pride" Capulet shows he is very anxious for Juliet. ...read more.


Capulet is demonstrating, that as well as this, he wants his daughter to have a love marriage Capulet is hesitating because he doesn't want to let Juliet go. He also wants Paris to get to know Juliet a lot more before he marries her. He finally concords the idea by suggesting they take their time. Capulet is throwing a party that night, and Paris can see her then. Capulet says "My will to her consent is but a part". He says this to show that Juliet has a choice over the marriage and that she definitely doesn't have to do what she doesn't want to. He seems to be acting like a good father, by conveying the decision about the marriage over to Juliet. At the party Capulet is being very flirtatious; he thinks that he is a star with the women. Capulet says "Welcome gentlemen! Ladies that you have toes unplagued with corns will walk about with you." He then mentions "will now deny a dance?" Capulet is being a perfect host, by welcoming the maskers and engaging the women in a charming way. ...read more.


He says "hang thee young baggage" Capulet compares his daughter to a prostitute. He is throwing abuse at Juliet, and is being insensitive to her feelings. He also mimics her speech, and this is demeaning and condescending. He does not understand that he is being a terrible father. This is the ultimate insult to a young girl like Juliet. Capulet's anger continues to escalate, to the point at which he says "My fingers itch" Capulet is so angry with Juliet that he threatens to hit her! This is preposterous, and a complete over reaction. To conclude this barrage of insults, Capulet says "But now I see this one is one too much" Capulet is saying that he wishes Juliet would die, or had never been born. There is a very strong link between this being said, and Juliet dying. Capulet is very inconsistent as a father. He proves he can be a good parent by trying to protect his daughter, but his carelessness toward Juliet's feelings is outrageous. I think that Capulet's words cost Juliet her life. He was also oblivious to the outcome of what he had said. Due to this, I think Capulet is very much responsible for the death of Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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