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How are power and control shown and represented in Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? 

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yamaguchityler | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM via web

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How are power and control shown and represented in Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Power and control is represented by Juliet’s father forcing her to marry.

Juliet’s father is unhappy with his daughter’s desire to make her own choices.  Juliet has already married (and spent the night with) Romeo, and she does not want to marry Paris.  Her father has chosen Paris, and he will not take no for an answer.

Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!

I tell thee what—get thee to church a Thursday(165)
Or never after look me in the face.
Speak not, reply not, do not answer me! (Act 3, Scene 5)

It never occurs to Capulet that his daughter should decide her own destiny.  In their society, he has the power to choose her future.  She is his daughter, and his property.  He can use her to further his goals or increase his standing in society.  Her wishes mean nothing to him.

The fact that Capulet used his power over Juliet to control her is one of the main causes of the tragedy.  The direct result is her death and Romeo’s, resulting from her ill-advised scheme to fake her own death.

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