What is the relationship between Lady Capulet and Juliet?
Is there anything from the text that shows their relationship? Please describe the relationship that they have by the words that they say to each other.
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Juliet and Lady Capulet do not appear to have a very close relationship. Throughout the play Juliet refers to her as “Madam” and not mother.
Early in the play, when her parents are attempting to get her to agree to the arranged marriage with Paris, Lady Montague says “Speak briefly—can you like of Paris’ love?” This shows that Lady Montague is not very interested in Juliet’s feelings about the man she is being asked to marry. She wants a quick answer.
Later, after Romeo has killed Tybalt and been banished, she mistakes Juliet’s unhappiness, thinking she is mourning Tybalt when she is really upset that Romeo must leave Verona. She tells Paris, “Tonight she is mewed up to her heaviness,” meaning that she’s consumed with grief over Tybalt, or so Lady Montague thinks.
Throughout the play it is the nurse that Juliet confides in and seeks comfort from. Her parents need to be deceived, from her point of view.
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