Describe Lord Capulet's reaction to Juliet's refusing to marry Paris in Act III, Scene 5.

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Lord Capulet is very much a man of his time and class. As a father and an aristocrat he expects total loyalty from those beneath him, both family members and servants alike. In keeping with tradition he's arranged a marriage between his daughter and a suitable young nobleman, Paris. It is his sincere wish that Juliet should go ahead with the marriage and he fully expects her to comply. For aristocratic families at that time, marriages were strategic political alliances rather than love matches. Juliet, however, is deeply in love—but with Romeo, not Paris.

Being both headstrong and in love, Juliet defies her father's wishes. As one can imagine, Capulet's absolutely livid at her insubordination. He cannot believe she could be so ungrateful after all he's done for her:

Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Speak not. Reply not. Do not answer me. My fingers itch.—Wife, we scarce thought us blest That God had lent us but this only child, But now I see this one is one too much And that we have a curse in having her. Out on her, hilding! (act 3 scene 5)

Capulet's so angry at his daughter's willful disobedience that his fingers itch; in other words, he feels like hitting her. Though his reaction may seem over-the-top, Capulet is acting entirely within the bounds of what was considered acceptable for someone in his position. In those days, a father was expected to be lord and master in his own home, especially if he was a real lord like Capulet. As such, he was deemed to have complete moral and legal control over his entire family. In refusing to marry Paris, Juliet isn't just defying her father, she's defying social convention, the glue that holds society together. Capulet understands this all too well, which is why he reacts in the way he does.

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In a word, it is not good.  The reaction of Lord Capulet is not a good one.  He is furious with his daughter for defying he and his choice for her suitor.  He interprets her actions as an act of disrespect and total disregard for his own words.  In Capulet's mind, parenting is equated with submission and Juliet's claims of her own happiness are tantamount to disobedience.  He hits at some very basic tenets of their relationship, indicating that she will turn out to be a beggar and someone who will be expelled from the familial bonds and relationships.  In this, Capulet reflects his own sense of anger at her, threatening to disown her if she does not acquiesce.  Capulet's reaction to his daughter's wishes reflects the lack of emotional affect existing within their relationship and also brings to light how absolutely frigid their bond is.  Shakespeare might be making a statement on how parenting and authority might not be synonymous with one another.  While Capulet may have the authority, it is evident that he is not a parent to her and his reaction brings this out in the scene.

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