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

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.