Capulet's reaction to Juliet's supposed death is centred more on himself than on her.  The same is true of Lady Capulet's response.  Develop this idea, with examples.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Given the previous Act and the manner in which mother and father treated their daughter who "dared" to voice her own opinion, it could be seen that most of their reaction to Juliet's "death" is reflective more on them.  It seems that the first impressions that Juliet's death causes in the parents is how it impacts them.  Lord Capulet speaks of his "son- in- law" being "death."  Given how both of them were focused on the wedding of their daughter, this might be part of the reason why they feel the way they do.  There is little in way of sincere and authentic emotion about anything in terms of regret and loss.  Lord and Lady Capulet do not display much in way of reflection and rumination about their own actions in their daughter's life.  Shakespeare might be playing off of this, himself.  The reaction of father and mother to the death of their daughter seems a bit stilted and staged because the death is staged.  In this way, Shakespeare is setting up their reaction as being hollow because we, as the audience, understand the moment to be hollow. In their display of grief, Shakespeare ensure that the parental ego and self- centered nature does not leave.  It is this element that prevents both Lady and Lord Capulet from being good parents, something that will continue until the end of the drama.


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