Comparing Lord Capulet In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Lord Capulet is a typical upper-class gentleman of the 14th century. He is a patriarch and the most respected member of the already highly respected Capulet household. He expects the citizens of Verona to obey him and his authority, especially his only daughter Juliet, as she is the young face of his parenting and household. He has a caring, loving side which he uses to be compassionate with his daughter in Act I, Scene II but as evident in his dispute with nephew Tybalt, Capulet clearly has an aggressive side and the typical venomous tongue of an egotistical 14th century father. This is seen being used against Juliet in Act III, Scene V. Lord Capulet discusses Paris’ proposal to marry Juliet in Act I, Scene II and reveals his caring side towards his daughter and her welfare. Although a father now deciding that his daughter’s wedding will be when she’s 15 would be a horrible, possessive thing, in Shakespearean times (16th century) this would’ve been seen a compassionate thing to do from a father’s point of view. Shakespeare makes Capulet’s description of Juliet…show more content…
Lord Capulet was kind and gentle about her in Act II, Scene I but when she had to refuse to marry Paris in Act III, Scene V he couldn't care less about her wellbeing, both physically and emotionally. Juliet was respected by her father to a certain extent as long as she was being constantly weary about what she said and did. She had no say and no one to stand up for her when Capulet claimed he was always morally correct. I felt that behind the fake care of his daughter for his reputation, Capulet did not care for his daughter as a top priority in his life. This could be counteracted by stating that Capulet’s want to be constantly obeyed could've been excused in 14Th century Italy as he was just the modal gentleman of the
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