How Does Shakespeare Present Lord Capulet As A Good Father

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Romeo and Juliet Essay 1. Starting with this extract, explain how far you think Shakespeare presents Lord Capulet as a good father. In this extract Shakespeare presents Lord Capulet as quite a good father, given the time period. This can be seen through “She hath not seen the change of fourteen years; Let two more summers wither in their pride” which suggests that Lord Capulet believes his daughter is too young, perhaps even too juvenile, to marry his suiter, Count Paris. This can further been seen by him saying “She hath not seen the change of fourteen years” which is basically saying that she isn’t even fourteen years old yet. This may make the reader feel as though Capulet is being a good father because he is not marrying his daughter off at such a young age, something that was expected to happen to …show more content…

This could potentially be because he previously said that Juliet was “yet a stranger in the world” meaning that she has not seen very much or experienced very much so far in her life, leading the reader to think that her father, Lord Capulet, believes she should be give more time to live her life as a child before being married and then having to undertake the duties of a wife. However, this is slightly ironic because throughout the play it is shown and implied that Juliet was not let out to experience the world outside her palace home very often and Lord Capulet is suggesting she should be left to experience the world for two years prior to marriage. Furthermore, this all presents Lord Capulet as both a good and bad father, depending on the time period in which it is viewed from. If it where viewed from the time period in which the play is set or written then Capulet would be frowned upon as it was the duty of a father in that period to ensure that their child has a suited to marry, in the case of a girl/women, or had been selected as a suited for somebody else, in the case of a man. This would

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