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Romeo & Juliet - Capulet

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Introduction

Romeo & Juliet - Capulet Act Three Scene Five displays an image of who the 'real' Capulet is. In act one scene two, Capulet seems a very caring, human father as he explains to Paris that Juliet is too young to be married at the age of thirteen. Thou in a period of three days, Capulet has a sudden change of mind, and as Juliet disobeys his orders to get married Capulet exploded with rage and anger! This proves Capulet to be a domineering, patriarchal, callous bully. In addition to this, Juliet has already married with Romeo, so she has badly disobeyed her father and married behind his back, and wonders what the outcome will be if she remarries? Capulet is also Guilty... by breaking the Elizabethan law. Act three scene five begins when Juliet's mother has just been informed by her mother under Capulet's orders that Juliet and Paris will marry almost immediately! ...read more.

Middle

Capulet's behaviour changes dramatically and we are shocked and appalled to see his mind changes so rapidly and finds it fit to hasten Juliet's maturity at thirteen years of age. He speaks of Juliet as thou she is just another item in his position and feels he has the authority and power, to do as he wills and chose his own groom for Juliet. His soul concern is a socially, acceptable marriage which will improve the status and wealth of the Capulet family. This is indicated by: "Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender Of my child's love. I think she will be ruled In all respects by me; nay, more, I doubt it not." How is Shakespeare going to deal with the event when Capulet changes his mind? Why did he change his mind in a few days? Tybalt's recent death has clearly something to do with his mind, or is Capulet doing to his to make himself more known and popular. ...read more.

Conclusion

Clearly Shakespeare intentions is to view Capulet as a Patriarchal, scheming, compulsive, bully, that only cares for himself and his family name, even if it means he has to sacrifice his own daughter! In act one scene two, I assumed Capulet to be a gentle caring, protective father, as a father should be to his child. Thou in act three scene five, it is made clear that Capulet is defiantly not the gentle man that he is made out to be. Instead he is crude and violent towards his daughter, after saying he finds her to be too young to be getting married at her age, and in all the spite has the nerves to turn it around and use her age as an insult! I am left with only one explanation which is a bully which only cares for his own welfare while showing a cruel and reckless nature towards his only daughter from a dominant force which propelled Capulet with parental possessiveness and power! ...read more.

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