Juliet and Lord Capulet: A Complex Relationship Essay
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How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Juliet and Lord Capulet?
The father-child relationship between Lord Capulet and Juliet is a very strong one; during the beginning of the play Capulet is seen as a caring and protective father who wants what is best for his daughter. Shakespeare uses many techniques to present the relationship between Capulet and Juliet; the most common technique he uses is dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is utilized to develop tension within the audience; this tension builds up to the climax in Act 3 Scene 5 which is a turning point in their relationship.
In the prologue, we are introduced to two families who are ‘both alike in dignity’ in ‘fair Verona.’ Shakespeare uses a prologue to give a brief…show more content…
However, an Elizabethan audience would see Capulet and Paris as caring and protective of Juliet. ‘Younger than she are happy mother’s made.’ This shows how hasty and devoted Paris is in having Juliet’s hand in marriage, but Capulet is caring towards Juliet and wants to wait for Juliet to make her decision. ‘The Earth hath swallow’d all my hopes but she, she is the hopeful lady of my Earth:’ Shakespeare uses a metaphor to portray how much he cares about Juliet and how dear she is to him. This would make sense because the infant mortality rate was high in Elizabethan times; on the other hand, what would be a shock to the Elizabethan audience is that Capulet sympathises with Juliet’s feelings. ‘But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,’ This can be seen as somewhat of a choice since Capulet delays the wedding due to the fact that he wants Juliet to become fond of Paris.
Act 1 Scene 5 begins with a very exciting introduction; Capulet is hosting a masked ball for the Capulet household, which was a common festivity in Elizabethan times. Throughout this scene Capulet is in a good mood and denies Tybalt’s efforts to make him feel otherwise. This proves that Capulet is very self-conscious of his image as a powerful leader of the household; and it would seem to the general audience that he is a very welcoming character.
Towards the end of this scene Juliet meets Romeo for the first time. When Romeo tells Juliet he loves her, she expresses her love towards him by
Relationships in Romeo and Juliet Essay
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The relationship shown in Act 3 Scene 5 between Juliet and Lady Capulet is portrayed as poor. Lady Capulet is shown as a very distant mother, though this is to be expected when there is a Nurse taking care of the child from the early stages of the child’s life.
In Act 3 Scene 5 Lady Capulet is very fickle in making her decision to stand up for Juliet when she decides to go against her father’s orders and not marry Paris. This lack of the ability to stand up for her own daughter just emphasises the distance between Lady Capulet and Juliet as Mother and Daughter.
This fickleness is shown through related quotes like, “I would the fool were married to her grave”. Lady Capulet then changes her mind and shows some faint rebellion against Lord…show more content…
In the time this play was set, a man’s daughter was seen as the man’s property, therefore the father was allowed to give his daughter to whom he thought was suitable. The daughter refusing her father’s instructions was seen as dishonourable and embarrassing for the father, for this shows a lack of power and control over his own daughter.
To avoid his daughter embarrassing him like this, Lord Capulet resorts to violence, threats and insults. He shows anger and violence when he says, “My fingers itch”, meaning he would hit any of the three women present at the time. He threatens to disown his only daughter because of this rebellion, “An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets”, here Lord Capulet is basically telling her that if she doesn’t obey him then she will end up, dying on the streets.
Meanwhile, throughout the whole of this argument, lord Capulet is throwing insult after insult at Juliet, names like “green sickness carrion” and “tallow face”, which mean, “green sick dead meat” and “pale, ugly, death like face”. These are really powerful insults to be calling your daughter and they just emphasise the level of anger that Lord Capulet is in.
This sort of behaviour is to be expected from Lord Capulet, because he feels he has done an excellent job in securing his daughter’s future with a perfect husband, and now Juliet is throwing his best efforts in his face. He highlights how hard he has worked in finding an