What kind of person is Lady Capulet?

Lady Capulet is still a fairly young woman, probably in her late twenties, married to an older man whom she does not seem to love. She is cold and haughty with a strong sense of the importance of her social position and that of the Capulet family in general.

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Lady Capulet is proud, vengeful, cold, and perhaps rather bitter, with a strong sense of her own social status and the importance of the Capulet family. In act 1, scene 3, she tells the Nurse to call Juliet . This in itself is significant. Lady Capulet has to arrange meetings...

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Lady Capulet is proud, vengeful, cold, and perhaps rather bitter, with a strong sense of her own social status and the importance of the Capulet family. In act 1, scene 3, she tells the Nurse to call Juliet. This in itself is significant. Lady Capulet has to arrange meetings with her daughter. She does not simply talk to her directly. This is a sign of her social status as a great lady but also of her haughty character and distance from her own daughter.

Lady Capulet loves Tybalt, certainly more than she appears to love her husband, and comes closer than any of the other Capulets to sharing his perspective in hating the Montagues. She is passionately furious and miserable at Tybalt's death. However, this is one of the few times in the play when she shows strong emotion. When Juliet begs her to delay her marriage with Paris, she coldly rebuffs her daughter. Even her grief when she believes Juliet to be dead is hollow and conventional, perhaps motivated chiefly by guilt at her lack of genuine affection for her daughter.

Lady Capulet is also younger than one might expect. If she really was married before she was Juliet's age (i.e., thirteen), then she can only be in her late twenties at the time of the play—she is still a young woman, married to a husband who may be much older and for whom she appears to have little love.

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