Shakespeare Module Romeo And Juliet Writing About The Scene

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Shakespeare ModuleRomeo and JulietWriting about the scene1.In the time Romeo and Juliet was written and set, the father was very much the head of the household. He was to be respected by all the family and his daughters especially would have been expected to obey his commands. In the case of Capulet and Juliet, this is quite apparent. Perhaps this is because she is an only child, or perhaps because of the type of person Capulet is.This scene is full of dramatic irony. When Capulet first enters, he still thinks she is crying because of Tybalt's death. He tries to sympathise and believes marrying Paris would make her happy and would be the best thing for everyone. But of course the audience know she is crying because of Romeo.Lady Capulet then informs him that she will not marry Paris and he begins asking a lot of questions;"How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blest,unworthy as she is, that we wroughtso worthy a gentleman to be her bride?"He comes across as embarrassed, being put out of his place slightly. It is most likely that Juliet has never before disobeyed his commands and he is obviously quite insulted by this too.When he enters the room where Juliet is, all hell is let lose. We imagine that as his speech develops, so does his anger. He does not let Juliet tell her side of the story. He screams sarcastic remarks, insults her and commands her to attend the church on Thursday, where she is due to wed Paris;"Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds,But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next,To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church,Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!You tallow-face!"By the end of this line his anger could not be mistaken for any other emotion. He appears to be finished speaking and so Juliet tries to get her side of the story across. Of course, failing dramatically;"Good father, I beseech you on my knees,Hear me with patience but to speak a word."He simply replies with more insults and threats to disown her if she does not do as she is told. He then has an argument with the nurse, who, knowing the truth, tries to defend Juliet. After putting her in her place, he then goes on into another speech. This time asking anyone who dares to answer, where he went wrong. After self pitying, he turns to what he does best, once again threatening to disown her;"Thursday is near, lay hand on heart, advise:And you be mine, I'll give you to my friend;And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,For by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee,Nor what is mine shall never do thee good.Trust to't, bethink you, I'll not be forsworn."2.As well as children having to do as their fathers' say, the wife of any household of this time was expected to also. Lady Capulet stands by her husband and will not do wrong by him. She believes, or at least, is forced to believe, that her husband knows best. This is therefore why she dismisses...

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