How does love operate between Lord and Lady Capulet, Juliet, Nurse, and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare?

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The love between the members of the house of Capulet is as complex and dysfunctional as most families today.

While Lady Capulet is the picture of a devoted wife, her relationship with Lord Capulet can be interpreted a number of ways—as an abusive husband and his meek wife, as two social climbers who care less for affection and more for power, or as two people who do love each other but have no idea how to raise a child.

Both Lord and Lady Capulet have a complex relationship with Juliet. Lord Capulet appears to care about Juliet, insisting she is too young to marry, and though he appears strict with her after Tybalt's death, one can easily interpret this as his fear that the civil strife between his family and the Montagues will claim the life of his daughter next. His anger, while frightening, is more likely a sign that he is scared and unsure of how to handle his daughter's newfound backbone.

Lady Capulet seems less fond of her daughter. Their interactions are stilted and awkward, and one...

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