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How Is Juliet Treated By Lady Capulet

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In the beginning of the play Paris asks lord Capulet for Juliet’s hand in marriage. Lord Capulet, being protective and sensitive, replies ‘my child is yet a stranger in the world’. This shows us that lord Capulet did not agree to Paris and Juliet’s marriage at that time, he has proven this to the audience by describing Juliet as a ‘stranger in the world’. By using the word ‘child’ and ‘stranger’, Lord Capulet is implying that his daughter is not mature enough and that she still hasn’t seen the world properly. He is more interested in ensuring that she marries well and soon rather than her personal happiness. He tells Paris that although she is "free to choose" her own companion, it must be from a narrow pool that he has permitted. He sees no reason why his daughter would demur marrying Paris. Even so, Lord Capulet is not very ardent on having his daughter married to Paris at such a young age. This shows us how protective he is of Juliet, which is why he invites Paris to his feast the following night, so he can ‘win her heart’.
Shakespeare wrote his plays in the Elizabethan age, so naturally he based most of his plays on the ethics and social standards of the time. During the Elizabethan period noble women were expected to be married off to rich, and prosperous men. Fathers choose the men they considered “suitable” for their daughters, aiming to marry them in rich families so their wealth is not propagated. Men were considered the bread winners of the family and women inferior to them. If a woman disagrees to her father's wishes, then she could be banished or disowned from the house.
Juliet’s repudiation to marry Paris affects her father in a variety of ways. On his first encounter with Juliet, Lord Capulet asks why she is “evermore weeping”, showing sympathy for his daughter. Yet when he hears her refusal he becomes angry and insulting. “Disobedient Wretch” suggests he not only feels betrayed by his daughter but his compassion and love for her has evaporated. Juliet still shows respect and gentleness towards her father, “beseeching” him on her knees and “thankful even for hate”. This symbolizes how dependent Juliet is about her father. Also Capulet proceeds to call his daughter a “Tallow faced green sickness” implying she is a plague and therefore a burden on the Capulet family.

Lady Capulet calls to the Nurse, needing help to find her daughter. Juliet enters, and Lady Capulet dismisses the Nurse,”give leave a while”, so that she could talk to her daughter alone. She immediately changes her mind, however, and asks the Nurse to “come back again” and add her “counsel”. This tells us that Lady Capulet is uncomfortable to talk to Juliet all on her own. But then again, this also tells us that Lady Capulet, is not as close to Juliet as the Nurse.
Juliet has a strained relationship with her mother, who loves her but is rather distant. When Lady Capulet enlightens Juliet about her marriage, Juliet gives a pessimistic reaction. Lady Capulet gets...

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