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What Understanding and expectations does the audience have if Capulet by the end of Act1? Do you feel that his treatment of Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5 is what we would expect of such a man?

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What Understanding and expectations does the audience have if Capulet by the end of Act1? Do you feel that his treatment of Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5 is what we would expect of such a man? Romeo and Juliet is a play based on two people meeting and falling in love in the city of Verona, but not knowing each other's backgrounds. Once it emerges that they are both from different families who have a bitter feud with each other their, love looks doomed. This gives the play a quite violent background. The date usually given to the play is 1595 which is estimated due to the style similarities of other plays and references to significant events, ''Tis since the earthquake now eleven years,' which people believe it to have happened on the 1st march 1584. Shakespeare was believed to have got the plot of the story from an English poem based on a French poem based on an Italian poem. People saw this as a good idea and saw no reason why this could not be done since there were no copyright laws in the 16th century. Even though the play is based in Italy, Verona, the attitudes of the characters towards love and marriage are those of Shakespearian England. ...read more.

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Here he tells Paris that he will only consent to the marriage if she (Juliet) agrees. For the times what Capulet said would be quite surprising since normally they would not give the daughters a choice who they married it would be decided by the father and the husband to be. At this point you would say he was a good father, respecting Juliet's wishes towards the choice of her husband. By looking at this scene it would have changed the audience's perception of Capulet, and they would have seen more of a sensitive side to him. When you see Capulet at the party he is trying to work the crowd and crack jokes to get everyone in the party mood. 'She I'll swear hath corns.' He seems in a good mood and trying to impress the crowd wanting to spread his good mood to the other guests. 'You are welcome, gentlemen. Come musicians play.' Also here he was telling musicians to play. It gave the impression he wanted to be in control of everything that was going on. Later on in the scene he sees one of his cousins that he has not seen in a while, they start debating when was the last time they met. 'Capulet: How long is't now since last yourself and I were in a mask.' ...read more.

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'I will make a desperate tender of my child's love.' This is what Capulet announces saying he will take the risk and offer Juliet's love to Paris. He has made the decision because he feels Paris is a noble man and can offer Juliet a lot. This is why he expects her to be overjoyed. 'She shall be married to this noble earl.' This him emphasising what he truly thinks of Paris. When Capulet goes to see Juliet she is crying he believes these tears for Tybalt who had recently been killed. He speaks to her. 'What still in tears? Evermore showering?' I see this as him trying to cheer her up ready for the "good news" but to some people that could be a sign of impatience or annoyance. When he is finished speaking to Juliet he turns to his wife and says, 'Have you delivered our 'decree'?' Using the word decree it gives the impression that the decisions is final, not like what he said to Paris. But he was expecting her to be overjoyed but she wasn't. 'Not proud you have, but thankful you have.' She was trying not to make her father too irate by saying that she did not want to marry him but was thankful for the thought. This could suggest that she mite be scared of what her father could do to her, due to the power he has. ...read more.

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