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In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; Lord Capulet, the dad of Juliet, portrays the qualities of being caring, being persistent, and being courteous. During the discussion with Paris about his proposal of marital relationship to Juliet, Capulet reveals his caring side by protecting his only child when he states that, “My child is yet a complete stranger worldwide,/ She have actually not seen the modification of fourteen years;/ Let 2 more summer seasons wither in their pride,/ Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride-to-be” (I.
ii.8-11). Capulet recognizes that Juliet is too young to become a bride as she is not even fourteen. He also understands from his own experience with weding Girl Capulet that he must offer Juliet more time to prepare for the function as a bride-to-be.
Not only is he caring to his family, he also shows courtesy towards his friends and guests. At the masquerade, Lord Capulet displayed his courtesy when he explains to Tybalt, his nephew, that Romeo, “…like a portly gentlemen,”/ where “Verona brags of him/ To be a virtuous and well-govern’d youth/ Here in my house do him disparagement” (I.
v. 65-69). Although there is a long standing feud between the Capulet and Montague family, Lord Capulet overlooked their family’s dispute and allowed Romeo to remain at the masquerade to enjoy himself. On the other hand, Capulet has shown signs of mood swings, especially during the conversation when Juliet politely refuses to marry Paris. Capulet overreacts, “How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?/ Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blest,/ Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought/ So worthy a gentleman to be her bride? (III.
V. 142-145). Lord Capulet’s stubbornness is shown when he is forcing Juliet to marry Paris, even though she cannot. It will be interesting to see if Lord Capulet’s caring, courteous and stubborn characteristics develop further as we continue reading the play Romeo and Juliet.
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