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Lord Capulet Character Analysis

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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a play about two lovers who are from opposing families, Lord Capulet wishes to appear as a man of peace and much virtue, but when he is away from the prying eyes of the public, he is a man many times worse than Lord Montague. Lord Capulet is a complex character who many times contradicts his earlier actions in this play. By the end of this, you will truly understand Lord Capulet's motives towards life. He is not the caring man one might think he is when they first meet him or read about him, but a man with no heart or compassion, just the ability to show some. Many times throughout Romeo and Juliet, Lord Capulet appears to be a very nice, agreeable, loving kind of guy. But if you check closely enough, every time he appears to be loving, agreeable, or nice, he is somewhere in public. Lord Capulet wishes to be thought of well by the public, much like we all do, but it isn't the same for him. For him, it's more of a matter between life and death. First of all, Lord Capulet is having a party, in which he invites almost the whole town. In his instance holding a party in which you invite pretty much everybody in town, is supposed to make you popular. Most people don't hold a party for everyone because they have nothing better to do, and when you invite the whole town, your just trying to look "cool". "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone...I would not for the wealth of all this town, here in my house do him disparagement"(1.5.73-77). Right here, Lord Capulet tells Tybalt to let Romeo alone, because in his house, in front of a whole crowd of people, Lord Capulet does not wish to disparage himself or disparage anyone that in turn would disparage him. It would certainly not make him popular with the prince, and therefore not popular with anyone in the city. But this is not all, oh no, this is not all (Dr. Suess book). "But woo her gentle Paris, get her hear; My will to her consent is but a part. An she agree, within her scope of choice lies my consent and fair according voice"(1.2.16-19). Here again we have Lord Capulet in public, this time in a public street. He is trying to appear to be a man who cares so much about his daughter that he gives her almost all of the say in her marriage. Obviously, as I will show you later on, this is not true, but he makes it appear that way in this scene. Of course we won't be tricked by him, that blundering fool. Finally, in our last scene(5.3), Lord Capulet gives Lord Montague money, saying that this is his daughter's jointure. He does this because he is out in front of everyone including the prince and he still wants to appear popular, because right now, he's not looking too good. Lord Montague though, wants to outdo Capulet, so he says he'll erect a gold statue of Juliet in the middle of town. Capulet can't think of anything to say so he says he'll do the same thing for Romeo. What a party! Lord Capulet does everything here for show, because he wants to appear...

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