Describe how Juliet's mother behaves when she tells Juliet about the arrangement her father made to have her marry Paris. How does Juliet's mother's behavior when Capulet gets angry at Juliet...

Describe how Juliet's mother behaves when she tells Juliet about the arrangement her father made to have her marry Paris. How does Juliet's mother's behavior when Capulet gets angry at Juliet influence the way in which readers view Lady Capulet?

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Juliet's mother comes to Juliet in Act III, Scene 5 to tell her that she is to marry Paris on Thursday, Lady Capulet believes that these are "joyful tidings". When Juliet responds that she will not marry now, Juliet's mother has Juliet tell her father her response so Juliet can bear the brunt of her father's anger.

Lady Capulet: "Here comes your father: tell him so yourself,/ And see how he will take it at your hands".

When Lord Capulet hears Juliet's response he is enraged and tells Juliet that she will marry Paris or he will cast her out of their home and she will be left to die in the streets.

Lord Capulet: "Graze where you will, you shall not house with me:/ Look to't, think on't, I do not use to jest./ Thursday is near; lay hand on heart, advise:/ An you be mine, I'll give you to my friend;/ An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die i' the streets,/ For, by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee,/ Nor what is mine shall never do thee good".

When Juliet asks her mother for help against her father's anger her mother responds, "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word;/ Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee", and refuses to help her.

Her mother's behavior is consistent with Elizabethan times, where a father's will is paramount - but as modern readers it influences our opinion of her in that she shows little concern for her daughter and her wishes. We see her as cold and uncaring for Juliet and a contributor to her ultimate death.

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Lady Capulet seems to think that Juliet's imminent betrothal to the drippy, uninspiring Paris is a cause for celebration. As well as demonstrating how out of touch with reality she is, Lady Capulet's unaccountably sunny disposition also emphasizes the lack of genuine connection she has with her daughter.

If our initial impressions of the good Lady weren't exactly positive to begin with, they're even less so when we see her craven response to her husband's splenetic fury over Juliet's stubbornness. Unlike Juliet, Lady Capulet unhesitatingly goes along with society's prevailing conventions without ever stopping to think whether she's doing the right thing. As we might expect, then, she blindly apes her husband's impetuosity, joining him in treating Juliet like an insolent, spoiled brat who must be disowned at once.

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