William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
This coursework will look at Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and
Juliet. Specifically, the behaviour of Lord Capulet and his attitude
will be considered and also how far is Lord Capulet responsible for
the tragedy. The writer of the play and the eldest son of John and
Mary Shakespeare (William Shakespeare's parents) William Shakespeare
was born on 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. This play is one of the most
famous plays in the English language.
The play "Romeo and Juliet" is about Love, Hate and Feud between the
two households Montagues and Capulets. The Feud and hate between the
two households turned into Love and Friendship in just 5 days because
of the death of these star-crossed lovers 'Romeo' and 'Juliet'.
William Shakespeare keeps referring to time because he wants to tell
the audience that how quickly every thing is happening e.g. Very late,
Tonight, Wednesday next, Thursday, Go to bed, An hour ago.
The Prologue of the play gives us the whole story what is going to
happen in the play before even it starts but it does not state what
the argument is about but we do know that it has been going on for
long time. This particular thing is a very clever way to start a play
also shows how clever the writer is. William Shakespeare uses more
words that refer to Hate and Death rather then Love and Friendship
e.g. Ancient grudge, blood, unclean, overthrows, bury, fearful. These
words are cleverly use to build up the atmosphere and to tell the
audience and inform them that this play has got more to do with Hate
Lord Capulet is the head of the Capulet family. His family is very
rich and wealthy. He is quite old but his wife seems to be much
younger then him. In the city of Verona this feud between Capulets and
Montagues has been going on for very long time. Lord Capulet is very
calm person but if someone does not obey his orders his mood changes
very quickly and he becomes very angry.
Verona, at the time when this play took place was patriarchal city.
Fathers hold virtually absolute sway over their daughters. They could
give them to whomever they choose and feel deeply insulted if their
daughters dare to choose otherwise. Juliet makes that choice and
incurs the unmitigated wrath of Capulet:" â€¦â€¦ go with Paris to saint
Peter's church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither."
Lord Capulet is a typical father of his time because he is the main
and rich man in the Capulet family. He expects every body to listen to
him because he thinks he is right, not wrong.
By comparing Lord Capulet's as a father with today's fathers and his
behaviour and attitude with the daughters it is completely different.
Now a days father do not worry about their daughters marriage because
they know she will get boy friend and if they want...