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Using Act 3 Scene V as a focus, examine the role of Lord Capulet in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet

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Using Act 3 Scene V as a focus, examine the role of Lord Capulet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare wrote "Romeo and Juliet" between 1594-1595. The Capulets and the Montagues are caught up in a civil brawl; however the son and daughter from each house fall deep in love and the play ends in tragedy. The main themes of the play are love, conflict, and the role of parents in a patriarchal society. Capulet's attitude in the play adds to the dramatic themes of disorder, love and fate. Capulet decides Juliet's fate ultimately in the sense that if she marries Paris, she'll become a bigamist or if she disobeys her father then she'll become disowned. Lord Capulet is one of the most influential names in Verona. Lord Capulet is a very wealthy man within Verona. Lord Capulet is from a noble household and has a very high social status. He is a man of power, second only to the prince. Lord Capulet is perceived as part of the oldest generation because in Act 1 scene 1when he goes to draw for his sword his wife says:" crutch, a crutch; why call for a sword?" ...read more.

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Lord Capulet loves his daughter very much as Juliet is his only child. Lord Capulet only wants the best for Juliet. By marrying Juliet with Paris (a noble young kinsman to the prince), Capulet feels he's done the best by his daughter and proved his love for his daughter. Due to the lack of respect shown to females at the time it is not easy to see the love between the father and daughter. In Act 3 scene v Capulet threatens to disown her if she goes against his wishes and refuses to marry Paris: "Or never look at me in the face" and "But now I see this one is one too much, and I see we have a curse in having her". This contradicts the scene in Act 1 where Capulet seems to give Juliet the choice of marriage, saying: "Let two more summers wither their pride until Capulet feels that she is ready for the choice of marriage." In the society at the time women married out of obedience of their parent and not out of love. ...read more.

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This is shown in Act 3 scene v where Capulet is utterly confused by why Juliet refuses to marry Paris: "So worthy a gentleman to be her bride?" The principle is the same as today (a father trying to protect his daughter) only in Capulets time the methods were different as people were not as liberally as they are today. Lord Capulet has a large part to play in the lead up of the deaths of Rome and Juliet. I think that Capulet can be seen as one of the morals of the play because the play shows us that until something horrific happens people in feuds are unwilling to see how much effect they have on people until innocent people (their loved ones in particular) end up getting caught up and hurt in the process. I believe that Capulet learnt a lot from the tragic events and realises that none of it was worth his only daughter's life and most importantly that violence is not the answer. I do not feel that his public apology was an act because I believe that he feels real sad emotions for the lost of his daughter that he truly realises that the feud foolish. ...read more.

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