How the Character of Capulet Changes During the Play in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona and it is based on two families, the
the Montagues. The families are enemies and they have a longstanding
rivalry. Capulet is the head of the ‘Capulet’ household. His daughter
Juliet falls in love with Romeo, a member of the Montagues, and he
feels the same way about her. Capulet has both his good points and his
bad points and I am interested in how his character changes throughout
We first see Capulet in Act 1 scene 1 when he walks in on a fight that
a member of his family is taking part in. Our first impression of
Capulet is that he is ready to fight, he says ‘What noise is this?
Give me my long sword, ho!’ (I.i.73) He decides to take part in the
brawl, which is between the Capulets and the Montagues. He is trying
to be loyal and protect his family but I think an audience may be
shocked, as they may not expect a man of his age to be acting like he
is. Capulet seems to jump in before finding out what is going on and
he is a bit hasty. When he asks for his sword Lady Capulet says ‘ A
crutch, a crutch! Why call you for sword?’(I.i.74) This gives the
impression that Capulet is perhaps too old for this kind of brawl and
it is mocking him. However, his behaviour shows the strong emotions he
feels towards to the Montagues and how important his family is to him.
We next see Capulet at the masquerade ball, which he is hosting. He is
welcoming his guests and talking like a gentleman, but is also making
jokes, ‘welcome gentleman, ladies that have their toes / Unplagu’d
with corns’. He is trying to behave like a good host to give his
family a good reputation. Capulet is not wanting any trouble at his
celebration therefore he welcomes Romeo, who is a Montague, into his
ball, ‘I would not for the wealth of all this town / Here in my house
do him disparagement.’ Tybalt is making a fuss over Romeo coming to
the ball, ‘Now by the stock and honour of my kin,/To strike him dead I
hold it not a sin.’ Capulet is a proud man and behaves calmly
considering the situation, which gives us a good impression of him.
Act 3 scene 5 begins with Juliet and Romeo in Juliet’s bedroom. This
is a gentle and calm environment. Capulet plays an important part in
this scene because he discovers Juliet does not want to marry Paris.
When he enters the scene Capulet’s language is poetic and calm ‘For
still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,/Do ebb and flow with tears.’
When Capulet finds out that Juliet does not want to marry Paris his
language changes and he becomes more annoyed.
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