When Paris asked for Juliet’s hand in marriage, Capulet is hesitant and he comments, “My child is yet a stranger in the world; / She hath not seen the change of fourteen years. / Let two more summers wither in their pride, / Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride” (1.2.8-11). This quotation shows that Capulet wants Paris to wait two more summers to marry Juliet because she is not even fourteen years old yet. He decides that he wants Juliet to marry for love and says to Paris, “But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, / My will to her consent is but a part; / An she agree, within her scope of choice/Lies my consent and fair according voice (1.2.16-19). This quotation shows that if Paris can make Juliet fall in love with him, Capulet will let him marry her earlier.
In return Paris responds by saying, “Younger than she are happy mothers made. (I.II, 12)” Paris is telling Lord Capulet that younger girls often marry and become happy mothers. He wishes to marry Juliet sooner rather than later. The second clear appearance of this theme is in Act III Scene IV,
At the start of the play, we get a look into Capulet early to show how he controls Juliet. He states, “My child is yet a stranger in this world. She hath not seen the change of fourteen years. Let two more summers wither in their pride Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride” (Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 2). At this point, Capulet essentially chooses exactly what age Juliet should get married and who she will marry.
She’s not even fourteen years old.”(1.2.7-8). When he was saying this he was having a conversation with Paris about Paris marrying Juliet, but the fact that he even considers that she is still young for marriage still determines a lot. This is also saying that adults, even had the impression that they were too young. Another logic reason they didn’t know each other was because they didn’t even know that they
It is clear that Lord Capulet explains that his permission is only part of her decision through the phrase,”my will to her consent is but a part/”. Lord Capulet wants his daughter to be happy and is working really hard at finding her a husband that deserves her. Later on in the play after Lord and Lady Capulet tell their daughter they have gone out of their way and set up a wedding for Paris and Juliet she informes them that she has decied not to marry Paris because she has already married Romeo. Lord Capulet yells “Doth she not give us thanks?/ Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blest,/ Unworthy as she is, that we have wrounght/”(3.4.143-145).
Lastly in the end of the play, the loss of loved ones and the isolation indicates balance. Shakespeare best display a well-balanced play to build the plot that leads to a tragic ending. In the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, the balance of the play is crucial to develop and introduce the plot and characters. In the first act, the
If Juliet told Lord Capulet that he had married a Montague he would have been outraged. Juliet did not tell Lord Capulet about Romeo, but she did say that she could not marry and could not love. Lord Capulet got extremely mad at Juliet for not marrying Paris, she feared that he would be more mad than that if she told him about Romeo. Lord Capulet said to Juliet, “But, an you will not wed [Paris], I’ll pardon you. Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.” Paris was handpicked for Juliet.
Juliet feels that she is too young and too immature to get married, she wants to explore what makes her happy. “ I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, It shall be Romeo, whom
They never stopped to consider that Juliet would need time to grieve the death of her cousin and that she had said earlier she wanted to wait until she was older to get married. But her parents were so blinded by the idea of their daughter marrying the County Paris they failed to really consider how she felt about the whole thing. When Lady Capulet is telling Juliet about her and Capulet’s plans to wed Juliet and Paris, Lady Capulet tells her daughter that Capulet is “One who to put thee from thy heaviness, Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy That thou expects not nor I looked not for.” (3.5.112-114) and that Juliet will “Marry… early next Thursday morn The gallant, young, and noble gentleman, The County Paris, at Saint Peter’s Church,” (3.5.116-118). She clearly was trying to sell the idea of Paris to Juliet because she knew her daughter would be hesitant. And she was.