What are Lady Capulet's feelings on the arranged marriage for Paris and Juliet? act 3 scene 5

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, Juliet is to offered in marriage to a well-connected friend of the family. It is almost like an arranged marriage as young Juliet hardly knows him in a persoanl sense. Meanwhile, she has fallen in love with someone more her own age (around fourteen to fifteen.) In the first attempt, Lady Capulet tries to soft-soap her daughter by looking as if she is on her side - hoping Juliet will warm to the idea after she has met Paris. Little does she know at this stage that her daughter has fallen head over heels with the son of a hated rival family. Later she hardens her attitude and her heart towards Juliet who cannot see that marriage between important families was a matter of money, dynasty and heredity. Both parents interpret Juliet's unwillingness as 'acting up' and being ungrateful.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this scene, Lady Capulet is on the side of her husband against Juliet.  In a previous scene (I.iii), she had seemed more like she didn't want to force Juliet to marry anyone.  There, she was just telling Juliet to look at Paris and see what she thinks.   But now she definitely thinks that Juliet should marry Paris and she thinks that Juliet is lucky that her father was able to arrange such a good marriage for her.

She tells Juliet that she has a thoughtful father and that she (Juliet) will be a joyful bride.  These words show that she thinks it is good for Juliet to marry Paris.  Later in the scene, she gets really angry at Juliet when Juliet tries to resist the idea of marrying Paris, which shows the same thing.

wanjira-mukami | Student

Lady capulet's feeings about the arranged marriage for Juliet to Paris is definitely like her husband's.  Not only does she think that it is a good idea but she sounds excited about it. In Line 105, she calls it 'joyful tidings'. In Lines 108-111, she sounds proud of her husband for arranging the marriage and call it  again 'a day of joy':

Well. thou has a careful father, child;

One who to put thee from thy heaviness

Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy

That thou expect not nor I looked for.

She proceeds, in lines114-116, to sing the praises of Paris totally oblivious to Juliet's misery:

The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,

The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church,

Shall happily make thee a joyful bride.

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