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What are the emotions at this time and what does Capulet think of Paris as a person?...

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lafferty | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2010 at 7:51 AM via web

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What are the emotions at this time and what does Capulet think of Paris as a person?

act 3 scene 5

when capulet changes his mind about letting paris marrying juliet...

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 3, 2010 at 9:11 PM (Answer #1)

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In this scene from the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, we can see how family dynamics and social structure has changed through the ages in the Capulet parents' response to their daughter's needs and her distress. In those times, marriage was not only about love (in fact, rarely.) It was more to do with 'making a good match' and linking two great dynasties together so that both may be strengthened. This required money, status, lands and heritage so the nobility were restricted to their own ranks. Of course the Montagues,although also rich,were ruled out for Juliet due to an ancient feud. Although not madly enthusiastic over Paris as a match for Juliet, Capulet has now clearly decided that 'he will do' and will not be gainsayed or thwarted by his daughter's opinion. Children were expected to repay their parent's costs and care by obedience,even if that meant putting their own emotional best interests last.

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wanjira-mukami | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 6, 2010 at 7:14 AM (Answer #2)

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In Act 3 Scene 5, emotions are several and very mixed. For the young lovers, a new emotional dimension is added. Romeo is to flee to Mantua and steals into Juliet's room for the final goodbye. We see them struggle with denial and efforts to postpone final moment of parting. Juliet weeps for Romeo's absence which her lady mother mistakes to be for  the slain Tybalt hence the double talk between mother and daughter. Introduction of Paris and his impeding arranged marriage to Juliet causes emotions to change gears.. Capulet and his wife are thrilled at the prospect. This changes quickly to anger, frustration for the older capulets when Juliet refuses to marry Paris. Capulet is so furious that he resorts to calling his daughter names such as 'you greensickness carrion!' and 'young baggage! disobedient wretch!'. The name calling becomes rampant enough to include Juliet's nurse 'you mumbling fool!'. Paris is considered 'So worthy a gentleman'.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 3, 2010 at 7:55 AM (Answer #3)

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The different people in this scene have different emotions.

Juliet is sad at first because Romeo has had to leave.  And then she becomes upset and almost desperate when she is told she is going to have to marry Paris.  She begs her parents not to make her.

Lord Capulet is really furious.  He is mad enough to call Juliet "filth" and "carrion" and tell his wife to throw her out.

Lady Capulet is angry as well as frustrated.  She can't believe that Juliet is being (to her) so stupid.

As far as Paris goes, all that Lord Capulet says about him is that he's "worthy."  He clearly thinks well of him and thinks he's a good "catch" for him to get for his daughter.

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