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William Shakespeare's Presentation Of The Changes In Capulet In Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare's Presentation of the Changes in Capulet in Romeo and Juliet

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 conveying 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 behavior. 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 appreciate 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...

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