Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet

In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Lord Capulet is a very prominent
character. He is wealthy and a leader in his community. He is a very loving father to his
daughter Juliet, he is a very contradictory person, and he trusts everyone to do as they
are told and to act appropriately.

Lord Capulet is a loving father who deeply cares for Juliet. When he arranges the marriage
between her and Paris, he is just trying to do what he feels is best for her. He knows
Paris, being handsome and rich, will make a good husband to Juliet. When she refuses to
marry Paris he goes into a violent rage, saying things he doesn't mean. "Hang thee, young
baggage, disobedient wretch! / I tell thee what: get thee to church o'Thursday, / Or never
after look me in the face."(3.5.166-168). He feels that the marriage of the two will be
beneficial for Juliet and he loves her so much that he doesn't mean to hurt her feelings.
When Juliet "dies" he laments. "Despised, distressed, hated, martyred, killed! /
Uncomfortable time, why cam'st thou now/ To murder, murder our solemnity? / O child! O
child! My soul and not my child! / Dead art thou! Alack, my child is dead, / And with my
child my joys are buried." (4.5.65-70). He cries out in a pain and anguish for his lost
daughter Juliet. By showing emotion on account of her death and for her disobedience,
Capulet shows that he really does care for Juliet and that he is a good father, wanting
the best for her.

Lord Capulet is a very trusting person. He trusts Paris with his daughter, knowing that he
would be a good husband to her. "Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender / Of my child's
love. I think she will be ruled / In all respects by me. Nay, more, I doubt it not-"
(3.5.13-15). He believes that Paris will keep his word and love Juliet. After the death of
Tybalt, he is sorrowful, and I think that is one of the reasons he trusts that Juliet will
agree with this marriage. When Romeo, at the beginning of the play, shows up at the
Capulet party, Tybalt is angered. He tells Capulet that he would kill Romeo if he had his
permission. Even though Romeo was of the Montague family, he still trusted him not to do
anything bad at the party. "Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone. / He bears him like a
portly gentleman / And, to say truth, Verona brags of him / To be a virtuous and
well-governed youth. / I would not for the wealth of all this town / Here in my house do
him disparagement." (1.5.74-79). He knows that Romeo will do nothing to ruin the party so
he tells Tybalt to let him be and to ignore his existence. He trusts people will do the
right thing and that being the right thing is what he wants them to do.

Lord Capulet is a contradictory person, meaning he has many opposing qualities in his
personality. He is a mellow man, yet when he is provoked he can be very angry. At the
masque he is very happy and mirthful. "Welcome gentlemen. I have seen the day / That I
have worn a visor and could tell / A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear, / … A hall, a
hall, give room! - And foot it, girls.- / More light you knaves and turn the tables up,"
(1.5.25-32). He is provoked by the disobedience of Juliet, in her not agreeing to marry
Paris. He yells and throws a huge fit. He also wants to fight with the Montagues, but he
also wants to keep peace with them. At the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, a street fight
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