Lord Capulet, How good a father do you feel he is to Juliet

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Rachel Merrifield 10T


Write on the character of Lord Capulet, How good a father do you feel he is to Juliet?

Lord Capulet is the father of Juliet and the husband of Lady Capulet. The Capulets live in Verona, Italy. Lord Capulet and his family are very rich, and this is talked about in act 1, scene 2 by on of the servants- ‘my master is the great rich Capulet’. This shows that the servant is proud of his master and is almost boasting about him being so rich. Not only is Lord Capulet rich, he is also an important and powerful man because he owns a big household and has power over everyone in it, including all his servants, Juliet his daughter and his wife. Lord Capulet has been feuding with another equally rich and powerful household- the Montagues, and has been for a very long time.

In Act 1, scene 1, the Montagues and the Capulets have a fight. In this scene Lady Capulet gives a clue about Lord Capulets age:

      ‘a crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?’.

This shows that Lady Capulet thinks that Lord Capulet should be walking around with a crutch and not participating in fights because he is too old. The Prince comes to stop the fight between the Montagues and Capulets, and he too suggests that Lord Capulet is old by referring to him as ‘old Capulet’. The Prince treats Montague and Capulet equally:

    ‘You, Capulet, shall go along with me,

    and Montague, come you this afternoon’.

The prince decides to see Montague and Capulet about the fighting at separate times because if they go together they will fight.

In Act 1, scene 2, Lord Capulet talks to Paris, a nobleman who wants to marry Juliet. At the start of this scene Capulet gives another clue to his age:

    ‘In penatly alike, ‘tis not hard , I think,

     For men so old as we to keep the peace’.

After Paris requests to marry Juliet:

   ‘But now, my Lord, what say you to my suit’,

Capulet shows that he is not to keen on the idea of Juliet getting married:

    ‘My child is yet a stranger in the world,

    She hath not seen the change of fourteen years;

    Let two more summers wither he pride,

    Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.’

Capulet does not want Juliet to get married because he thinks she is too young as she is only thirteen, this shows that he is a very caring and considerate father. Paris then tries to change his mind by saying,

    ‘Younger than she are happy mothers made’,

But lord Capulet does not give in and tells Paris that children are spoilt getting married too young and that he does not want to marry Juliet off in a hurry

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     ‘And too soon marr’d are those so early made’.

Juliet is Capulets only child left after all his other children died:

…. ‘Earth hath swallow’d all my hopes but she;

      She is the hopeful lady of my earth’,

because of this he loves her very much and does not want to lose her.  He then says to Paris that if he can make Juliet love him, then he will agree to the marriage

    ‘But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,

    My will to her consent ...

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