Romeo and Juliet, a play about two love birds from disputing families. Lord Capulet wants to give the impression of a man with much honor and peace; however when away from the public, Capulet is a fairly complicated individual. At the start, he gives the impression of a caring, considerate and loving father while discussing marriage with Paris; as well as a man of peace excusing the uninvited guest, Romeo. Though in Act III scene V, the audience witnesses the ugly side of Lord Capulet.
When Juliet interfered with the “plans” of her father by disobeying his wishes, he became enraged. It wasn’t until Act IV, that Lord Capulet somewhat went back to his caring personality due to the “death” of his daughter. Confronted by the true death of Juliet, he let go of his foul ways and ended their family rivalry. The situations that occurred sprouted from the actions of characters trying to fulfill their wishes and others trying to fulfill theirs as well. Lord Capulet’s personality got in the way of numerous attempts, which created tension that would come back to haunt him.
Lord Capulet, the head of the Capulet family whose intention throughout the play was to make both his family and himself look good in the eyes of others. He wanted to seem like a peaceful and loving man for the sake of his name. When we first see Lord Capulet, Act I scene I, he is calling to his wife to give him his sword. “Give me my long sword, ho! ” (1. 1. 65) This can be seen as a very immature response to a situation as that for such an old man. Yet, when Capulet was discussing marriage with Paris, he seemed rational and mature.
Juliet drifted from obeying traditional morals that other people of her time followed. That’s why Juliet, knowing the obsession her father had with image and that she was disobeying, hid her relations with Romeo. Lord Capulet saw Juliet as a pawn in his game for their success, however when she didn’t play accordingly to his rules, he lost it. After Juliet declined the offer of marriage with Paris, Capulet went in rage. “Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought so worthy, a gentleman to be her bride? ” (3. 5. 144-145) “Out, you green sickness, carrion! Our, you baggage! You tallow face! ” (3. 5. 56-158)
Note, earlier in the play, when Juliet was an obedient daughter and followed traditions, he showed consideration of her thoughts and cared about her future. He said, “My child is yet a stranger in the world. ” (1. 2. 8) “And too soon marred are those so early made… An she agreed within her scope of choice, lies my consent and fair according voice. ” (1. 2. 13,18-19) After her apology, Lord Capulet was pleased and changed the wedding date once again. For that, Juliet was forced to drink the elixir early, creating a scene. After Juliet’s “death”, sorrow is Capulet’s dominant reaction.
Yet his sadness seemed to be stained with the thought that he will die without heirs and that the wedding is spoiled. It’s only when he sees Juliet in the tomb bleeding and dead does his sorrow over her loss and over his role in the feud seem complete. “O brother Montague, give me thy hand. ” (5. 3. 13) “As rich shall Romeo’s by his lady’s lie, poor sacrifices of our enmity. ” (5. 3. 19-20) Juliet’s doings tainted old Capulet’s temper, but so did the death of Tybalt. Tybalt Capulet, the nephew of the famed Lord Capulet who acted as the protector of the Capulet’s good name.
Every scene incorporating Tybalt, included dueling and tension. He was always looking for a duel. When Tybalt and Mercutio fought and Mercutio was killed, it created a domino. Romeo killed Tybalt after the fact, Romeo was banished which made Juliet sad, and Lord Capulet felt as if he was under pressure because of the incident. He appears to be more concerned about how the marriage may affect the townspeople’s views on the seriousness or relaxed of his grieving for Tybalt. “For, hark you, Tybalt being slain so late, it may be thought we held him carelessly, being our kinsman, if we revel much.
Therefore we’ll have some half a dozen friends, and there an end. ” (3. 4. 25-29) That’s why he assumed that he was doing Juliet a favor and that she would go along with it. “Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender of my child’s love. I think she will be ruled in all respects by me. ” (3. 4. 12-14) In real, Juliet didn’t want to, and voiced her opinions to her father, which showed an obvious change from Lord Capulet. Juliet was forced to speed up her plan, creating a catastrophe, all due to the foolish actions of Tybalt and the inaccurate assumptions of Lord Capulet.
Although, Capulet didn’t intentionally mean to push her daughter to death, he only wanted the best for her. There were many reasons why Lord Capulet changed. Marriage, death, defiance, and drama; yet the primary reason for his behavior was his daughter. He didn’t want to rush Juliet into marriage because he honestly cared for her. “Let two more summers wither in their pride ere we may think her ripe to be a bride. ” (1. 2. 9-11) After Tybalt’s death, Capulet wanted to move the date of the wedding because he thought it would cheer up Juliet.
That’s why he jumped to tell Paris, “Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender of my child’s love. ” (3. 4. 12-13) Later when Juliet rejected the marriage, Lord Capulet became angry because he wanted to leave a good legacy for his daughter, improving the family name, but she was ruining his plan. With Paris’s family, the Capulet would become richer and more popular. He only wanted his daughter to be secure and happy, but when she died nothing mattered anymore. “Alack, my child is dead, and with my child my joys are buried. ”(4. 5. 4-65) Lord Capulet then made peace with his rivals for his Juliet.
A leader wanting to be seen as a man of peace and honor, Lord Capulet had an image of just that, in the beginning. It wasn’t long until Capulet’s real appearance showed in his attempt to improve the family name. In the process, he showed bits of violent and rude traits, and lashed out on family. Between the marriage and Tybalt’s death, old Capulet was stressing both himself and his daughter out. Juliet was set as the family’s pawn in his plans. She was to be an obedient girl, follow with the morals of the time and marry Paris.
Yet after Juliet found Romeo, she didn’t want to obey anymore, which set Capulet in rage. He only wanted what he thought was right for her, but she didn’t agree. Once Juliet died, we began to see that. Lord Capulet was working, throughout the play, on a foundation for Juliet to grow upon when he’s gone. He went through a ride of emotions in the development, from love and respect to anger and disrespect ending in sadness and shame. Although Capulet went through a range of changes, he ultimately did end the feud with his rivals, and that was a major change for old Lord Capulet.