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How are power and control shown and represented in Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

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Power and control are most certainly seen here in the characters of Lord and Lady Capulet.  (It is important to note, however, that the early part of this scene involves Juliet and Romeo ending their wedding night together and wishing/convincing each other the nightingale over the lark.)  It is when Romeo leaves and Juliet's parents enter the room that the power struggle truly begins.

Lady Capulet first tells Juliet that Lord Capulet has ordered her to marry Paris on Thursday.  Juliet is distraught.  She assures her mother that, "He shall not make me there a joyful bride!"  Lady Capulet (as well as Juliet) are forced by society under the power of the father.  It is at this point that Lord Capulet enters and is disgusted by Juliet acting this way about his order.  I'm afraid it gets worse even than the quotation above!

Thursday is near; lay hand on heart, advise:

An you be mine, I'll give you to my friend;

An you be not,...

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