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Why is the Prince angry with Lord Capulet and Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet?

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corben | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 17, 2010 at 1:41 AM via web

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Why is the Prince angry with Lord Capulet and Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 17, 2010 at 1:45 AM (Answer #1)

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The Prince is angry with these two men because of the feud that has been going on between their two families.

You could say that it should not be the Prince's business if the two houses are feuding, but it becomes his business because of the way it spills over into the streets.  In the first scene of the play, we see the servants from the two families brawling in the streets.  From what the Prince says, it appears that this has happened before.  This disturbs the public peace and makes the Prince very angry.

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wanjira-mukami | High School Teacher | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 23, 2010 at 4:35 PM (Answer #2)

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The prince is angry with the Lords Capulet and Montague because they are the patriarchs of the two feuding families which,over a short period of time, contaminate Verona with brawls, death and tragedy. When he declares in Act 1 Scene 1:

What, ho! you men, you beasts

That quench the fire of your pernicious rage

With purple fountains issuing from your veins!

He is implying that the Capulets and the Montagues who are aristocratic and prominent families of Verona should set exemplary example instead of brawling like savages.

The prince is especially angry because the brawls  not only,"Have disturbed the quiet of our streets", but has  in Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 91-3:

...made Verona's ancient citizens

Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments

To wield old partisans, in hands as old.

Which means that not only the families and their staff are involved but almost the entire city on one side or the other.



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jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | TA | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM (Answer #3)

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The Prince in Romeo and Juliet is mad at the Capulet and Montague family because of their hatred towards each other . Their hatred brings violence towards the city .

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