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jade-1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 27, 2007 at 10:59 PM via web

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How does Shakespeare present Juliet and her realtionship with Lord Capulet in Act 3 scene 5 of 'Romeo & Juliet' ?

For this question we are only focussing on one scene.Hoever there are essentially two parts in the question which are :

How does Shakespeare present Iago, for he isnt a real person just a character

How does Shakespear present the relationship of Lord Capulet and Juliet.

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 27, 2007 at 11:06 PM (Answer #1)

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This scene illustrates the detachment between parent and child. The violence with which Lord Capulet reacts when Juliet does not want to marry is explicit. He will turn his back on her, and calls her vile names, and is on the verge of being physical with her. Juliet's wishes do not come into play here, she is expected to do as she is told, and say nothing in return. There is no real love here.

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 27, 2007 at 11:08 PM (Answer #2)

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I'm confused about the Iago part of your question, as he is from Othello, not Romeo and Juliet. Regarding Juliet's relationship to her father, Lord Capulet, this particular scene shows his complete control (in his mind) over his daughter and her future. He, of course, does not know that she has secretly married Romeo, and so he is enforcing his will upon Juliet, letting her know that she will marry Paris, sooner rather than later. This may seem unfair to us, but in Shakespeare's time, daughters would marry who they were told to - particularly wealthy, noble daughters. So this scene shows us this idea, as well as Juliet's determination to avoid a sinful second marriage to Paris.

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 31, 2007 at 8:41 AM (Answer #3)

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In addition to the above answers I want to add that the whole Capulet family is very dysfunctional.  The Nurse has raised Juliet from day one to the point of being breast-fed by the Nurse.  Lady Capulet tries to talk to Juliet in Act One, Scene Three about how she feels about getting married and when she dismisses the Nurse, Juliet looks to her for guidance and not her mother and the Nurse is then asked to stay.

In Act Three, Scene Five, Lord Capulet says, "Wife, we scarce thought us blest that God had lent us but this only child; But now I see this one is one too much, And we have a curse in having her."  What kind of father calls his daughter, a curse, a good-for nothing person, and an anemic piece of dead flesh?  Lady Capulet goes along with whatever Lord Capulet says and does what she is told.  Back in this time all women married early and were expected to be at their husband's beck and call with no questioins asked.  Women were to feel privileged to have an arranged marriage in a noble family, love didn't really enter the picture.

Source:  The Language and Literature Book by McDougal Littell

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blacksheepunite | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 6, 2007 at 12:04 PM (Answer #4)

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We can't talk about how Shakespeare represents Capulet's relationship with his daughter without considering his outburst in context. Just prior to this scene, he was waxing poetic about how much he loved his daughter and about how much he wanted to protect her innocence. The scene he creates in Act 3 seems to be a complete reversal of the caring and compassionate father he was in the earlier scenes. Capulet comes across as a man who loves his daughter more than life itself as long as she is obedient, but who would throw her out and curse her before losing face in front of his friend. His main complaint is that he has given her to his friend (she is, after all, his to protect, or to give as he sees fit). Her reaction is one of shock and disbelief--even as he calls her names, she sinks to her knees and begs him to listen to her. It's difficult to figure out why Capulet would make so extreme a reversal. His response is triggered by what he thinks is game-playing and ingratitude on her part, but the names he calls her are extreme (green sickness carrion, and baggage) and he speaks of violence (his fingers itch). Granted, he has been up all night, grieving, and perhaps drinking, but for someone who professes to love, he is certainly quick to hate. That Juliet can't talk to him is the primary problem between them. He loves her, she loves him, but they don't communicate, and where there could be comfort, there is only more pain.

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