What is a main character trait of a Capulet and a Montague in  "Romeo and Juliet"?

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The Capulets and Montagues are both aristocratic Italian families in the Renaissance, and as well-to-do families they are autocratic in their opinions and decisions. The women acquiesce to the desires of their husbands.  Children of the Renaissance were considered miniature adults and were spoken to as such.  Lord Capulet is very controlling.  Although he loves his Juliet and wants her to enjoy her youth,

"My child is yet a stranger in the world--...Let two more summers...Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride" (I,ii,9-11) 

the prospects of more wealth and position if the Prince marries his daughter sway him to agree to her betrothal after an initial argument against this marriage. The other Capulets seem equally of a high temperament.  For instance, Tybalt is very hot-headed as he is easily irked in Act 3.

There is little dialogue with Lord and Lady Montague, so the reader cannot discern their personalities.  However, they do seem to love Romeo as they seek him in Act 1 and ask his friend Benvolio about him.  Certainly, honor is important to Lord Montague as he continues the feud with the Capulets.  Flourishing his sword in the first scene, Montague shouts, "Thou villain Capulet!--Hold me not, let me go" (I,i,52).  However, he seems to have less control than Lord Capulet since Lady Montague dares to scold him and tell him, "Thous shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe" (I,i, 53). 

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