How does Shakespeare present Capulet in Act 1Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 5?

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Stephanie Ogbonnia ­ Okafor 9.5
Romeo and Juliet Essay
How does Shakespeare present Capulet in Act 1Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene
Romeo and Juliet is a romantic, love, tragedy play written by William
Shakespeare. It is about two star ­ crossed lovers who are destined to be
together but sadly, will fate allow it?
Capulet is a loving father to Juliet who thinks he knows what is best for her. He is
a wealthy man who doesn't tolerate nonsense and expects everyone to do as
they are told. As well as this, he has a high status in society along with the
At the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5, Capulet presents himself as a jolly person
who likes to dance and enjoy himself. The quote to back me up is, "Which of you
all now deny to dance? She that makes dainty, she I'll swear hath corns". This
indicates that Capulet is a lively person who's keen on having a good time. Also,
he is saying that if any woman refuses to dance, he'll say that she has corns.
As well as the above, Capulet can be considered as a joyous person. In the
text he says to his cousin Capulet, "Tis the nuptial of Lucentio, come Pentecost
as quickly as it will, some five and twenty years". This phrase expresses that
Capulet is gleeful because he is saying that twenty years ago is not a long time
for him not to dance.
Moreover, in the middle of Act 1 Scene 5, Capulet appears to be relaxed,
humble and mildtempered. This is because in the text he whispers to Tybalt
(when Tybalt craved to kill Romeo from the opposing side), "Content thee, gentle
coz, let him alone, a bears him like a portly gentleman". We can see that
Shakespeare presented Capulet as a meek and generous man despite the
feud between the two households, he still accepts Romeo in the party since he
was acting like a well mannered person.
"I would not for the wealth of all this town, here in my house do him
disparagement". Capulet seems to be reasonable by saying that even if he has
all the wealth in the town, he wouldn't harm him in his house. He didn't want
Tybalt to cause commotion in his house since it was his party.
However when Tybalt continues talking filled with rage, Capulet comes to terms
understanding that Capulet won't keep quiet. In the text he says to Tybalt, " Am I
the master here or you?" Capulet changes from calm to show that he has
authority plus is in control.
Towards the end of Act 1 Scene 5, Capulet seems to have an aggressive tone
within himself. Tybalt admits that he won't stand for Romeo being at the party so
Capulet reveals a different side to him that he has been keeping quiet. In the play

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he says to Tybalt, "... You'll not endure him? God shall mend my soul you'll make
a mutiny among my guests! You will set a cockahoop! You'll be the man! The
exclamation marks show that the man who was once calm has now changed
since he has been provoked by Tybalt.
However, In Act 3 Scene 5 Shakespeare shows that Capulet's behaviour has
dramatically changed. Capulet overhears his wife Lady Capulet and Juliet talking
about an issue.…read more

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Stephanie Ogbonnia ­ Okafor 9.5
I think Capulet's behaviour is unacceptable and vile. He Is vile because he think
he knows what his daughter wants but truly doesn't. Love is a growing stage that
doesn't come easily within a short space of time. I feel that real love is one that
endures trouble and pains yet at the end of the journey, the love that you feel for
that person is stronger than ever.…read more


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