How do the deaths of tybalt and juliet's refusal to marry paris reveal unpleasant characteristics in lady capulet and capulet? ACT 3 SCENE 5

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, you begin to see a vengeful and betraying attitude in Lady Capulet. This appears more subtle than her husband's rage and authoritarian attitude.

When life circumstances begin to grow uncomfortable, you begin to see what people are truly made of. Under fire, under trouble, people's integrity is revealed. Lady Capulet desired to kill Romeo in any sneaky way she could make it happen, and she turned on her daughter to side with her husband when it came to the marriage to Paris. This demonstrates a woman incapable of acting on her own will and very vested in the feud between the two families. Lord Capulet on the other hand refuses to listen to reason from his daughter, but in his defense, she is not revealing the most important reason.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shortly after they learn of the death of Tybalt at the hands of Romeo, Lord and Lady Capulet learn that Juliet has absolutely no desire to follow her parents' wishes and marry Paris, which Lord Capulet has worked so hard to arrange.

The combined actions send Lord and Lady Capulet into a rage. Lord Capulet refers to Juliet as a "disobedient wretch" and threatens to disown her and watch her beg and starve in streets unless she marries Paris. Afterward, Lady Capulet refuses to console Juliet in any way and instead encourages Juliet to do what ever she wants because she has washed her hands of the entire matter.