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Romeo & Juliet: Juliets relationship with her father act 3 scene 5

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Romeo & Juliet Coursework In this piece of writing I am going to explore Juliet's relationship with her father from Act 3 Scene 5. You will understand how powerless women were during the Elizabethan period. Women in the Elizabethan period were over-powered by men, they had to obey their father, brother and husband. Men were superior to women. I am going to discover the truth of how women were treated. Women felt that they had no voice within society, there were only three options for women, these were to cook, clean and wash, women were only known for these three things, they were known as the domestic goddess. Women had no power over anything not even money, women lived in a society in which men were the leading figures and made all the decisions, men dominated and ruled everything. Fathers had complete control of the women in his family this meant wife, sister and mother. Women were not allowed to make financial decisions, they were not even allowed to work, men were in charge of government and law, women had no say in anything, they had to hold their opinions, views or lifestyle, women were known to be 'inferior' to men. The only way for women to take control of their lives, was commit suicide. Even to the day the woman gets married, she is not allowed to have choice, her father is the one that has to choose who his daughter marries because it is said that men were the only ones with wisdom and knowledge. The women cannot refuse to marry because they are forbidden to say what they think, therefore their only option is suicide. During the Elizabethan society was totally unfair to women because everyone should have equal rights and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and thoughts, no-one should be known as inferior to anyone else. All these women worked really hard behind closed doors so they should have at least had chance at being something or some one in society. ...read more.

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The reaction that Capulet gets from Juliet is unexpected, Capulet expects that Juliet will accept the arrangements but he is in for a shock because she disagrees. The emotions that Juliet has is that she is extremely scared because she is already married to Romeo and the Capulet's hate Romeo's family and she has done this without her parents knowing, and her father has not allowed her to go through with this procedure, he has not given her his blessing. The consequences of Juliet doing this with out her parents knowing are very severe, another one of Juliet's emotions are that she is very angry because she does not want to marry Paris, because she does not love him, although Capulet realises that Juliet is angry he thinks that she is angry for different reasons he thinks that she is upset because her cousin Benvolio has past away. In Act 3 Scene 5 Capulet's anger is shown by the quote used, "Proud' and 'I thank you' and 'I thank you not' And yet 'not proud'? This quote shows that Capulet is showing what he thinks of Juliet's behavior he thinks that she is not grateful for what he has done for her, he thinks that she is a cheeky girl, who does not mean what she say's when she says thank you. In Act 3 Scene 5 it is obviously shown in this quote that Lady Capulet is just agreeing with her husband she is just doing what is reminiscent to how women behaved in Elizabethan times. The quote used is, "Ay sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks. I would the fool were married to her grave, by this quote it is obvious that Lady Capulet is only doing what is right in society, which is sticking to her husband's word. As you read on Capulet's feelings are shown immediately because he say's, "Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. ...read more.

Conclusion

This quote shows that Paris does not love her at all, and he seems disgusted by the sight that he is seeing of his wife. To conclude this piece of writing it is obvious that Capulet loved his daughter very much even though he did not show it, I think he was waiting for the time to show her but that time was cut, I also don't think he realised how much he himself thought he loved his daughter. I think that Lady Capulet blames her husband for the death of Juliet saying that she was forced into the marriage, which would eventually lead to Capulet blaming himself. From Act 3 Scene 5 we learn a lot about Juliet and Capulet's relationship, we witness all their hardships, and through Act 3 Scene 5 we follow them both through their highs and their lows. We learn that Capulet loves his daughter very much although he does not show his affection for his daughter from the beginning and as you read on towards the end of Scene 5 he realises how much he loves Juliet, he then shows the affection when he finds Juliet dead, this is very meaningful part of Romeo and Juliet because it is very sad and Capulet shows that there really is love for Juliet no matter what, and the phrase from a quote to prove this is; "Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak," this means that he will not be able to speak again after the death. Capulet goes on to say, "life, living, all is Death's," this is such a said quote said by Capulet it shows that he is extremely upset and that he thinks that since Juliet has died everything belongs to death he feels that there is no reason for living without Juliet, these quotes show the emotion is Capulet's words and that his heart is definitely made of gold, this is such a sad moment for Capulet and Lady Capulet! Capulet eventually realises the love he had for his daughter is irreplaceable!!!! ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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