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What do we learn about Juliet's relationship with her father from Act 3 scene 5?

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What do we learn about Juliet's relationship with her father from Act 3 scene 5? During the Elizabethan period a girl's father would decide when and who the girl would marry. This decision was made by the father because it was a Patriarchal society. If the daughter/girl refused to marry whomever the father choose the only way she would be able to get out of it was either to leave her home and live on the streets or commit suicide. My opinion on this period is that it was unfair as it did not allow the girl to have a say and that she had to do whatever the father pleased. At the beginning of the play we are able to see clearly how much Lord Capulet loves his daughter Juliet and that he is no hurry to get her married of. He says: "Let two more summers wither in their pride ere we may think her ripe to be a bride". From this you can see the Lord Capulet loves his daughter dearly and would like to keep her for as long as he can. ...read more.

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As time passes by Capulet's anger builds up he says Juliet his ungrateful and unworthy of Paris in Act 3 scene 5 he says: 'Unworthy she is...." He then threatens her violence "or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither". Then he calls her names 'green sickness, carrion and baggage'. It becomes even worse later on as he threatens to disown her he says: ".... I'll give you to my friends and you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets for my soul I'll ne'er acknowledge thee'. He thinks her behaviour is unreasonable and ungrateful after all the effort he has put in for the marriage of her and Paris. In act 3 scene 3 lines 176-178 he says:" God's breath it makes me mad! Day, night, work, play, alone in company, still my care hath me have matched". He expresses his feelings by wishing that god never gifted him a daughter and threatens to disown her. In this act you can see that Juliet is suppose to obey her father and if she refuses to there will be serious consequences from this we can see that a woman does not have any rights. ...read more.

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In the end when Juliet commits suicide Lord Capulet comes to know the truth and regrets all. Capulet probably wants Juliet to wail before marrying because she's his only surviving child. Once she's married she becomes her husband's property and therefore Capulet wants to keep her for as long as possible Yes Capulet initially feels bewildered, then he feels hurt, betrayed and angry. He probably cannot understand Juliet's behaviour but he sees it as a challenge to his authority. It does appear that Capulet's love for Juliet is conditional but Capulet had little part in Juliet's upbringing the nurse brought her up. Just how well does Capulet know Juliet he says:' i think she will be ruled in all respects by me... Capulet was expecting her to automatically obey him. In those days it was a patriarchal society. Capulet was wealthy, powerful and used to being obeyed by everyone. Yes ultimately Juliet's relationship with her husband was stronger than the relationship with her father. Fatima collector 10s/set 3 1 ...read more.

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