`how Does Shakespeare Present The Changes Which Occur In Capulet Throughout The Play And How Does The Audience Respond To These Changes?

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In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, Capulet is the father of Juliet and appears to be typical of fathers in the late 1600's as he was very demanding and controlling of his family, he was often keen to reaffirm his position as the leader of the family and treated his wife and daughter with little respect similar to that of household items which can be discarded when you feel they are no longer meeting your individual needs and desires.The audience's first encounter with Capulet is in Act 1 Scene 1, where the two opposing families the Caplets and the Montague's are fighting in the streets of Verona. Capulet is accompanied by his wife and calls for his sword: "Give me my long sword, ho!". The short exclamation of "ho" Is Included by Shakespeare to convey to the audience Capulet's enthusiasm as he is not being drawn into the fight but actively participating. His hatred towards the opposing family instantly becomes apparent as he is an old fragile man yet he is willing to fight. His wife Lady Capulet appreciates his fragile condition replying, "A crutch, crutch! Why call you for a sword?" Shakespeare's ability to produce wonderfully written plays, yet to have the intelligence to include humorous lines such as this is conveyed here as the audience will understand that his wife is implying he encounters difficulties walking never mind fighting. In this opening Act Shakespeare immediately conveys Capulet as a brave, courageous old man whilst informing the audience of the long drawn out feud between these two opposing families who due to the feud have both lost loved ones. Capulet appears to the audience as a man who has more pride than sense as it seems he would rather die than be defeated by the Montague's. This suggests that he is a very passionate but impulsive man who probably acts before he thinks. By Capulet actively participating in the feud he is displaying to the audience that he would rather participate in the feud than use his influence upon the younger generations to stop it.In Act 1 Scene 2 the audience witnesses a very clear change in Capulet's behaviour. Here he appears much calmer and relaxed indicating that he wants to protect his daughter from the pressures involved in marriage until she is of a suitable age. "My child is yet a stranger in the world". Here the audience appreciates Capulet as a loving father who wants the best for his daughter allowing the fathers in the audience to perhaps create a link between themselves and Capulet. It seems Capulet genuinely cares for the well being of his daughter and deals with her emotions very caringly. Capulet wants Juliet to marry someone of her choice as Capulet implies that his happiness is her happiness. "The earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she". His words suggest that he wants her to be happy and is saddened by the unhappy marriages of others.In Act 1 Scene 5 the audience views Capulet hosting a party where he is behaving in a warm and welcoming manner. "Welcome Gentleman, ladies...

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