How does Juliet respond to her father's reaction when she rejects the marriage, how would a modern and old fahioned audience feel?

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When Lord Capulet finds out that Juliet is not interested in marrying Paris, he is in an uproar.  To her father, Juliet responds in an extremely disrespectful way – she says that she can not be proud or happy about marrying such a man and even goes as far as to say that she hates who she is (referring to her family name) when she says,

Not proud, you have; but thankful, that you have:
Proud can I never be of what I hate;
But thankful even for hate, that is meant love.”  (Act 3, scene 5)

Juliet does try to plead with her father but her father will hear none of her begging.  She comes across as an extremely strong young woman who knows what she wants and will accept nothing less but when faced with the power of her father, there is no way that Juliet can convince her mother or even the nurse that not marrying Paris would be a good idea.

An old-fashioned audience would probably think that Juliet is being extremely disrespectful toward her father and her family and would think that Juliet should just do what her father tells her.  On the other hand, a modern audience would think that Juliet is acting as a strong young woman should and would expect her to stand her ground and not give up until she has become successful in what she wants, not what her father wants.

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Romeo and Juliet

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