Can you help me analyse this quote by Lord Capulet, "Out, you green sickness, carrion! Out, you baggage!"

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This quote is from Lord Capulet as he berates Juliet because she refuses to marry Count Paris in Act III, Scene 5. Shakespeare was the master of insulting remarks and he unleashes several of them in this scene as the incensed Capulet verbally abuses his recalcitrant daughter because of her perceived ingratitude toward his wishes. In this case Capulet refers to her as "green-sickness carrion" could refer to an anemic condition which make one look pale and green or just be purely used to express his disgust. He further calls her "baggage" suggesting that she is a burden to him and a worthless girl. Throughout this tirade he also refers to her as a "disobedient wretch," "Mistress minion," "tallow face," "wretched puling fool," and "whining mammet." Capulet becomes so angry because he fully believes that Paris will be a good match for Juliet and he is anxious to bring happiness to his family after the unfortunate death of Tybalt. Of course, he knows nothing of Juliet's marriage to Romeo which causes the girl to recoil at the idea of marrying another man.

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