How Does Shakespeare Present The Relationship Between Capulet and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet?

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How Does Shakespeare Present The Relationship Between Capulet and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”?

Although “Romeo and Juliet” is a Tragic Romance it also explores the ever changing relationship between Juliet and her father.  There are many factors as to how and why Romeo and Juliet died. The major contributor to the downfall of these lovers was Capulet, Juliet's own father. He brought upon the death of Juliet by forcing her to marry Paris, separating her from Romeo, and rejecting her.

Shakespeare’s initial portrayal of Capulet is of a kind and loving father. By saying that Juliet “is the hopeful lady of my earth” shows how special their bond is through the metaphor “earth”. By doing this he is comparing her to everything there is. “Hopeful” gives the impression that he has many expectations of her and that she is of use to him. Capulet continues to say that "my will to her consent" which emphasises his deep, caring nature as he feels that Juliet is yet a "stranger” to society. To a typical modern audience, Capulet’s response is unsurprising as Juliet is far too young to marry.  In Shakespeare's time however, the father would be expected to control many aspects of his daughter’s life. The majority of the Elizabethans would have been mildly surprised at Capulet for offering the "choice" to the 13-year-old Juliet.

He asks Paris to "woo" her, obviously wanting her to fall in love with the person she marries. By Shakespeare introducing the relationship between Juliet and her Father early on in the play indicates how important they are to the whole plot. On the other hand, due to the prologue, the audience is suspicious of their relationship and what the true nature of it is under that superficial father-loving-daughter relationship. Another thing that leads us to consider this option is that the topic of marriage is being discussed in Juliet’s absence, showing us that Capulet isn’t as open-minded as we thought. Also, during the prologue the audience is told what the fate of the story will be. It is known that Juliet and Romeo will die, which brings up the question, how and what will cause the death of these ‘’star crossed lovers’’? Suspicion then falls onto the shoulders of Capulet as he flaunts the relationship between him and his daughter.

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This theory is supported in Act 3 Scene 4 where Tybalt has just been slain by Romeo. The image of a kind and loving father has now been replaced by one of an uncaring, selfish man. Showing that the death of Tybalt has drastically affected Capulet’s behaviour. He becomes demanding; barking out orders such as “go” and “bid”. By doing this Shakespeare adds a tone of urgency to Capulet’s words, speeding up the pace in which his sentences are delivered. This was done by Shakespeare to make it a dramatic experience for the audience.  Again, Capulet is making decisions for ...

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