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Romeo & Juliet - Lady Capulet

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Romeo & Juliet Lady Capulet My Version The scene opens with Romeo & Juliet waking up after their first night together. There is a sense of tension in the audience as they don't know when Lady Capulet is going to come. Lady Capulet is on her way up to give Juliet the good news. The nurse sees her and rushes to tell Juliet. While Romeo is getting ready to leave we can hear Lady Capulet calling out to Juliet lively saying, "Ho daughter! Are you up?" This is the last time Romeo & Juliet see each other alive. As soon as Romeo leaves Lady Capulet enters. This increases the dramatic tension in the audience. She sees Juliet weeping on the bed. She assumes it because she's moaning for Tybalt's death. Lady Capulet walks over to Juliet's bed and puts her hand on her shoulder. Lady Capulet feels a bit uncomfortable as she's not used to talking to her daughter. However she gives it her best shot. Juliet's mother gives her sensible advice. She says "Some grief shows much of love, but much of grief shows still some want of wit." This mean it's good to show some grief as respect when someone dies. But its pointless showing too much as the grief is not going to bring the person back to life. Lady Capulet also says, "So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend which you weep for". This is very insensitive of Lady Capulet and shows that Juliet's relationship with her parents is uncaring, unloving and thoughtless. Lady Capulet also says, "We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not; then weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua". She makes a promise to Juliet that she will send someone to Mantua to kill Romeo. This adds drama and tension to the audience as they're waiting to see if Lady Capulet really carries out her plan. There is a lot of double meaning when Juliet's talking to her mother. ...read more.

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Lord Capulet's last words are "I'll not be forsworn." He exits. Luhrmann version Lord Capulet's part starts after Lady Capulet has told Juliet their decision to marry her with Paris. Juliet refuses. In this version his soft side is not shown. His speech before Lady Capulet tells Capulet the news is omitted. Capulet comes into Juliet's bedroom, delighted, cheerful and proud. He asks Lady Capulet,"Have you deliver'd her out decree?" Lady Capulet tells him sarcastically that she won't accept. When he finds out Juliet refuses to marry his mood totally changes. His facial expression is moody, angry and outraged. Luhrmanns version of Romeo and Juliet has a Lord Capulet that switches to anger almost instantly. Capulet's strong language shows his superiority over Juliet. We don't see the confusion stage on his face. From lines 141-145 his tone goes from normal to high. His temper goes so high that he gets hold of Juliet and chucks her on the floor. He carries on trying to attack Juliet saying, "Speak not, reply not, do not answer me." He is chasing Juliet ready to give her another bash. Lady Capulet doesn't want her daughter to be killed and says, "Fie, fie! What are you mad?", and grabs hold of her husbands arm. Capulet pushes her and carries on after Juliet. He doesn't let anyone get in his way. The nurse is the next to defend Juliet. She tells Capulet, he is to blame. He doesn't listen to a word she says and pushes her down. Still very hot tempered, Lord Capulet orders Juliet to "Get thee to church o'Thursday, or never after look me in the face." He is willing to disown her. Capulet pushes her down for the last time. Nurse My Version The Nurse has a lot of affection for Juliet. She plays more of a mother figure to Juliet than her natural mother does, Lady Capulet. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet tells her she has sorted out a sudden day of joy. Juliet is a bit confused. When her mum tells her is going to get married she panics and shouts; "Now by Saint Peter's church, and Peter too, he shall not make me a joyful bride." Straight after her dad comes along and asks his wife if she's told Juliet their decision. Lady Capulet replies, "Aye, but she will none." Juliet looks at her father dreading and fearing the consequences. Lord Capulet gets furious. Juliet explains she is thankful for what he has done. She speaks the first line calmly and second line screaming, "Proud can I never be of what I hate." This is when the dramatic tension is at its highest point. Lord Capulet temper rises even more and the fact that Juliet is answering back. He grabs hold of her and throws her on the floor while Juliet screams, "No!" She comes after him screaming and shouting. He orders her to come to Church on Thursday or never look him in the face. He pushes her on the floor for the second time. She watches her father go crazy downstairs. Her mother is till at her bedroom door. Juliet gives it one last shot. Begging her mother in tears, "O sweet my mother, cast me not away" She asks to delay the marriage for at least a week. Lady Capulet looks at her with disgust saying, "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word." She walks off down the corridor. The only person left is the Nurse. Juliet seeks comfort and advice from her. The nurse takes her into the bathroom. She tells Juliet it is best to marry Paris. Juliet sits down while the nurse kneels down to brush her teeth in the bath tub. Juliet is facing the wall looking a bit like she in a trance. Juliet asks, "Speak'st thou from thy heart." The Nurse replies, "And from my soul too." Juliet quietly says amen, the nurse doesn't hear. We don't see Juliet's anger towards the Nurse as the scene is omitted. ...read more.

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