Juliet as a Disobedient Wretch in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
The quote that Lord Capulet said to Juliet calling her a "disobedient
wretch" is in Act III Scene 5. He enters the play delighted because he
has good news that Juliet is going to marry Paris. Juliet refuses this
and as soon as Juliet tells Lord Capulet this, he is furious. This is
when he calls her a "disobedient wretch". The reason for this is
because Lord Capulet has told Paris that Juliet will take his hand in
marriage and if she doesn't then he will be going back on his word. In
those days whatever the man of the house says goes. To hear that
Juliet is refusing the 'command' makes him shocked and very angry, as
he has searched and found a perfect match for Juliet and so he feels
that she should be grateful. In those days you didn't marry for love
but for security and your father would choose someone suitable. This
is why he calls her a "disobedient wretch", because she had not obeyed
her father. This doesn't mean that she is a disobedient person though,
because she has been trying to obey her parents as much as possible,
and happily goes along with her fathers advice in the first Act, about
considering Paris to marry.
We are made to feel sorry for Juliet as nothing is going right for her
and she has no one to turn to. Although her father may have a point in
saying that she has not obeyed him, who is to say that she has to. So
this should not be taken as an insult because Juliet has done nothing
wrong in her eyes.
In Act III Scene 5 Lady Capulet tells Juliet that,
"The county Paris at Saint Peter's Church Shall happily make thee
there a joyful bride".
However Juliet is completely unimpressed by Paris and says,
"He shall not make me there a joyful bride!"
Because Lord Capulet is so sure of his choice for her and doesn't
think once of Juliet refusing, he sees it as a favour and expects a
thank you. In return however he she refuses his offer (command) and he
is told that Juliet does not and isn't going to marry Paris. This
offends him very much, which makes him shocked, full of hatred, and
The reason why Lord Capulet is so angry is because he has gone through
a lot of trouble to find her a suitable partner. He thought he had
found a charming and decent man to marry Juliet and to him she is
refusing for no real reason. He is also frustrated, because he had
made plans for the wedding and agreed with Paris that he could marry
his daughter, and it was all organized and she is throwing it all back
in his face, by saying,
"proud can I never be o what I hate".
This makes Capulet annoyed so he replies,
"Proud and I thank you, and I thank you not!"
here is he showing sarcasm of what Juliet has...