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The Romeo and Juliet play is set in the ‘renaissance’ period in Italy, based in Verona where at this time a war of to families had broken out on the streets, “From ancient grudge to new mutiny”. the two families which are at war are the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. The time which the play was set was in the ‘renaissance’ period which was 1690’s-1740’s. Capulet’s role in the play is to be the father of Juliet who is precious to him because he has lost all his other children due to fighting the Montague’s.
Capulet is also the head of the Capulet family and has to be the leader to try and defeat the Montague family. Capulet is also a lord and is a very rich important man because of this he has to keep a good reputation up.
At the start we are introduced to Lord Capulet in a very violent way “My sword I say! Old Montague is come, and flourishes his blade in spite of me!” This means Capulet is saying “Montague is coming, waving his sword about to provoke me!” This shows Capulet is easily wound up and is very aggressive, it also shows he wants to fight Montague.
Capulet does this to keep up his reputation and keep his family with a good name. Also the start of the play shows us that Capulet is very demanding “My sword I says!” this shows he is demanding to get his sword and can’t get it himself so he’s got to demand other people to get it for him.
In Act one scene two Capulet is talking to Paris about marrying his daughter Juliet. in this scene it shows Capulet is very protective. “And too soon too marred are those so early made earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she; she is the hopeful lady of my earth.” this shows us that Capulet loves Juliet with all his heart because he has lost all his other children, he says “And too soon marred are those so early made.” this shows he thinks woman who marry too young and immature are wasting their lives this shows us Capulet is quite fair because most men in the ‘renaissance’ period found woman a different class to men. Also in this scene Capulet says “My child is yet a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years. Let two summers wither in their pride. Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.” This shows Capulet thinks Juliet is too young too marry because she is only 13 and he thinks Paris should wait two years to make her more mature and get to know the world better. This shows he is being fair to his child and not over powering her completely.
In act one scene five the audience at the beginning see a funny side to Capulet. “I have seen the day that I have worn a visor and could tell a whispering tale in a fair ladies ear,” this shows Capulet is showing off by saying I used to be a ladies man. Capulet is also concerned about the party because he wants his image to look good, by keeping the party running. Capulet shows his stronger side by showing he is powerful and demanding and that he can get what he wants, I know this from when he says “More light you knaves, and turn the tables up. And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot.” Also in this scene Capulet says “‘Tis not so much, ’tis not so much.
‘Tis since the nuptial of Licentious come Pentecost as quickly as it will, some five and twenty years: And then we masqued.” this shows the audience that Capulet is trying to sound younger than he really is. The main part of this scene for our essay is when Tybalt says to Capulet “Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.” this shows Tybalt wants Romeo dead an makes Tybalt angry because a Montague is at a Capulet celebration.
Capulet sees Tybalt angry and asks him what’s wrong. In this part of the scene Capulet is very calm and polite “I would not for the wealth of all this town. Here in my house do him disparagement. Therefore, be patient, take no note of him. It is my will. The which if thou respect, show a fair presence and put off the these frowns, An ill- beseaming semblance for a feast.” This shows Capulet is image conscious and wants everything to go smoothly. It also shows Capulet is a politician because he know when and where to act in certain ways. Also in this scene you see another side to Capulet “You are a princox, go be quite, or-more light! More light!- for shame, ill make you quite.” this is where Capulet threatens Tybalt and shows a angry side to him, also this shows Capulet is a politician again because he is controlling both the party and Tybalt telling him how to behave.
In act three scene four the scene is set in Capulet’s house. The people who are present on stage are Capulet, Lady Capulet and Paris. Earlier that day Capulet’s nephew Tybalt got killed by Romeo. In this scene Juliet is in her bed. “Tonight she’s mewed up to her heaviness.” this shows the audience that Juliet is upset, she is upset because Romeo her husband killed her cousin Tybalt and he has been banished from Verona so her and Romeo’s plans have been ruined. At this time in the play only the audience, the friar and the nurse know that Romeo and Juliet are married this is called dramatic irony. Paris is at Capulet’s house asking Capulet for Juliet’s hand in marriage, but Capulet has had no time to talk to Juliet about it, but as Paris is leaving Capulet calls him back and agrees for them to marry this is because he wants a celebration after all the grief from Tybalt’s death. Also Capulet says to Paris “I think she will be ruled in all respects by me, nay, more, I doubt not.” by this Capulet means Juliet will agree.
This shows us that Capulet does what he wants and doesn’t think twice about agreeing with other people first. But again only the audience, the friar and the nurse know that Romeo and Juliet are married. Both Capulet and Paris agree for the wedding to be held on the Thursday, they didn’t want it any sooner because it would have been to close to Tybalt’s funeral and because Capulet is image conscious he doesn’t want to look heartless. When Capulet tells Paris he can marry Juliet he seems very calm, rash and realistic this is because he his very forward about his decision. When Paris leaves Capulet orders Lady Capulet to go and tell Juliet of the good news and for her to prepare herself for the wedding. This shows Capulet thinks woman will do as they are told and that they are in charge of the children looking after them and getting them ready. It also tells the audience he may not feel comfortable telling his own daughter about the happiness he has made for her but he doesn’t know she carnet marry Paris.
In act three scene five the main part starts by Juliet’s mother saying “Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy,” “Marry, my child, early next Thursday morning.” this is Lady Capulet telling Juliet she is marrying next Thursday morning . Juliet’s reaction to this is “Now by Saint Peter’s Church, and Peter too, he shall not make me there a joyful bride.” there is also irony in what she says “It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate.” this shows she is lying because even though she loves Romeo and she is married to him she doesn’t want her parents knowing she is married to him. Capulet then enters the scene and asks “Have you delivered to her our, decree?” this shows Juliet doesn’t have a choice because a decree is a order. Lady Capulet replies to Capulet saying “I would the fool were married to her grave.” this is Lady Capulet predicting the future saying she’s so foolish she should be dead.
By her saying this Capulet’s anger rises we know this by him saying “Will she none? Doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud?” Capulet is also confused because he asks rhetorical questions “Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bride?” By Capulet saying this the intensity of Juliet’s feelings come out “Proud can I never be of what I hate,” when Juliet says this Capulet flies into a rage. “But fettle your joints against Thursday next.” this is Capulet threatening Juliet. “You green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You fallow-face!” this is Capulet insulting Juliet. As Capulet is in a rage Lady Capulet is frightened and tries to calm him down saying “Fie, Fie. What, are you mad?” When she says this it doesn’t stop Capulet insulting Juliet “Get thee to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face.” “My fingers itch” this is a main part of my essay as this shows the audience that Capulet is ready to hit his daughter Juliet, He also tells us how mad he is that Juliet didn’t agree “God’s bread, it makes me mad! Day, night, work, play.” he also says ”
Alone, in the company, still my care hath been to have her matched.” this tells us that he has worked hard to get this marriage together and that he is disappointed because he has been denied his duty as a father. At the end of act three scene five Capulet says “Advise and you be mine ill give you to my friend; And you be not, hang, beg, starve!, die in the streets! For by my soul ill ne’er acknowledge thee, Nor what is mine shall never do thee good. Trust to’t bethink you, ill not be forsworn.” this shows the audience that Capulet is violent and treats Juliet badly. Juliet is defining him and not telling him the truth about her and Romeo being married. Capulet is also telling Juliet if she doesn’t marry Paris she will be out on the streets and she can beg and starve, and that he will forget his daughter and that is his final warning.
In act four scene 2 there is more dramatic irony because the audience know that Juliet has a plan to fake suicide but Capulet doesn’t. Juliet also apologises to Capulet but in her apology she is still lying to him “Where I have learnt me to repent the sin of disobedient opposition” “Pardon, I beseech you. Henceforward I am ever ruled by you” this is Juliet saying sorry and admitting to being disobedient. By this Capulet is generally happy because Juliet is back under his control and that’s what he likes, and he thinks the situation has been resolved “My heart is wondrous, light since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed,” the audience must feel a bit of sympathy for Capulet as we know that he is going to lose Juliet but he thinks she’s with him for good again. But then again the audience could sympathise with Juliet because it is her only way out of marrying Paris.
In act four scene five the scene starts with big news “She’s dead, deceased! She’s dead! Alack the day!” this is the news of Juliet being dead but the audience know she isn’t dead (dramatic irony). Capulet’s feelings of Juliet come out “Long been separated. Death lies on her like an untimely frost. Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.” this is him saying she is to young to die and how gutted he is because she was the most important thing to him. He also says “Death that hath taken her hence to make me wail. Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak.” this is Capulet telling us how gob smacked he is and how he cannot believe she is dead. In this scene the audience have to sympathise with Capulet because he thinks he has lost everything but doesn’t actually know she is just deeply asleep under a potion which she got off friar Lawrence. Capulet says “Alack, my child is dead, and with my child my joys are buried.”
This shows how much Juliet is misses and how much he loved her it also brings the weak side out of Capulet. Friar Lawrence gives his opinions saying “she’s not well married that lives married long, But she’s best married that dies married young.” This is not helping as the friar is apart of the plan, but Capulet doesn’t know this Capulet says, “Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse, and all things change them to the contray.” This is Capulet saying change them from happiness to sadness change everything. Here the audience can sympathise with Capulet for losing his daughter and not knowing the plan, or him deserving losing Juliet because of the war between the Capulet’s and Montague’s.
In act five scene three the scene is started by the prince talking about how everyone has been punished from Romeo and Juliet’s death. Capulet says “O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter’s jointure, for no more can I demand.” this shows there deaths heal the hate between the two families. He also says “as rich shall Romeo’s by his lady’s lie, poor sacrifices of our enmity.” this is Capulet saying they were wasted and how it was a poor sacrifice because the two families couldn’t get along. Capulet and Montague react to Romeo and Juliet’s death positively.
My conclusion is that Capulet loved Juliet so much that he was overprotective and thought of his family before anything else. The only problem that got in the way was he was scared incase he lost his image like at the Capulet ball if Tybalt did kill Romeo people may of thought Capulet was in with it and though he was low and nasty. But he acted well and thought of the guests before the hate of the Montague’s. Juliet was right in keeping her and Romeo a secret because if Capulet did find out I think he would of gone out of his way just to kill Romeo personally.
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