Why is Capulet extremely protective of his daughter Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet is a play that is set in Verona, Italy. The play is about love between two young lovers. In addition, it also chronicles the fate of two "star-crossed lovers", who end up taking their own lives. Lord Capulet is first seen when he is involved in a fight between Tybalt, Benvolio, and Sampson, which shows his anger and aggression. The next time Lord Capulet is shown, is when he is speaking with Paris and him wanting to marry Juliet. Lord Capulet acts extremely protective over Juliet, because he expresses his concern over her young age and marriage. Lord Capulet loves his daughter very much. She is his only surviving child, because of his statement about the Earth swallowing all of his hopes, which means that he has buried all of his children. This shows Lord Capulet's loving and caring side for his last and only surviving child.