By: Evan, Keturah, Saray


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Capulet is the "patriarch" of the Capulet family and is not afraid to show his dominance yet is also a very caring father. He is the father of Juliet, Tybalt's uncle and the husband of Lady Capulet. He can be mighty stubborn in his decisions which he passes on to his daughter causing many fights and misunderstandings but he cares for her the most in the world.

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Capulet is the head of one of the wealthy and well influential families in Verona's walls. He is so influential and carefree that he plans balls spontaneously when ever it suits him, even in the same day.

First Impressions:

Capulet is first introduced very shortly in 1.1.13 during a fight between Gregory and Sampson. He intervenes in the fight by saying,

"What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!"

but gets interrupted by his wife saying that he is to old to fight in front of everyone. He is later brought up again in 1.2.27 where in this part of the book, Capulet is talking with Paris about Juliet's marital status. Paris asks Capulet for Juliet's hand in marriage, but Capulet is very cautious, and tells Paris to wait two more years until she is ready for marriage. On page 27, Capulet says

"My child is yet a stranger in the world. She hath not seen the change of fourteen years. Let two more summers wither in their pride. Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride."

In scene 2 he tries to convince Paris not to marry Juliet and also it is her chose if she likes him or not; he does not want to push her onto a man she does not love but changes his mind, believing that Juliet is fond of him, which causes misunderstandings after another. Capulet may be a bit thickheaded by pushing his daughter into a marriage only because he believes it is the best for his daughter in exchange makes her miserable. It does not mean he is not a good father but just a confused father trying to make his daughter happy which is similar to today's father and daughter relationships.


Capulet cares a lot about Juliet, his last hope for the legacy of his family. All of his other children have died from various reasons, yet Juliet managed to survive so he is very careful in his decisions for his only little girl. He wishes only prosperity and happiness for his only child, Juliet, which causes many misunderstandings and ultimately death in Romeo & Juliet.

A helicopter parent involves themselves complete in their child's problems. Capulet in modern times would almost be perceived as a helicopter parent because how much he involves himself in his daughter's affairs like in happiness, how to achieve her happiness, and with whom she should spend it whom.
Helicopter Parents
Helicopter Parents


Capulet is spontaneous and carefree since he plans things without a second thought yet pushes the work onto someone else. On page 29, he orders a servant to issue invitations to people on a guest list that he gives the servant and says

"Go, sirrah, trudge about Through fair Verona, find those persons out Whose names are written there, and to them say My house and welcome on their pleasure to stay".

He also doesn't like to cause a ruckus in parties and rather enjoy his time socializing; in 1.5.55, when Romeo crashes the Capulet party, Tybalt wants to have a fight with Romeo. Capulet stops Tybalt by saying

"Content thee, gently 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."

This shows that although Romeo's family, the Montague, and Capulet's families are enemies, he is welcoming him as any other guest.



I am what I say

Quote
Modern English
Reflection of Capulet
But Montague is bound as well am I
In penalty alike; and 'tis not hard, I think
For men so old as we to keep the peace (1.2.1)
Capulet is saying that he is too old to be
to be caught up in the long-standing family
feud.
This excerpt shows that Capulet is welcoming
and isn't judging Romeo because of his name.
He isn't going to let one specific person ruin his
party.
She hath not seen the change of 14 years.
Let two or more summers wither in their pride
ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
Juliet is too young to be married.
In 2 or more years we can talk about marriage
when she is ready.
This excerpt shows that Capulet
is very protective over his daughter,
and that he thinks marriage can wait,
which was unusual at that time.
Thank me no thankings, nor, proud me no prouds,
But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next,
To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church,
Or I will drag thee on a hurdle hither
You [Juliet] should be grateful
that your to marry Paris
but if your against it on Thursday
in Saint Peter's Church, that I will drag you there.
Capulet is more hostile here than earlier in the book.
He believes that what he is doing is the best for
his daughter and doesn't understand why she is
resisting
But, as you'll not wed, I'll pardon you:
Graze where you will you shall not house with me
Look to't, Think on't, I do not use to jest.
Thursday is near; lay hand on hear, advise:
And you be mine, I'll give you to my friend;
And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets
Nor what is mine shall never do thee good:
Trust to't, bethink you; I'll never be forsworn (3.5.8)
But if you won't get married, I'll forgive you
Go anywhere, but you can't stay her
Think about it, I'm not joking
Thursday is close
If you obey, everything will be fine
If you don't, you will suffer
What is mine won't do you any good.
Capulet is enraged that Juliet will not marry Paris.
He threatens to banish her from their home if she
doesn't follow his orders
My sword, I say. Old Montague is come and flourishes
his blade in spite of me. (1.1.80)
Capulet knows that the Montague is trying to
do something to him, most likely fight.
This shows the reader/ audience in the beginning
that Montague and Capulets are enemies, and Capulet
would do anything to fight them, even if he is old.
Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender of my child's
love. I think she will be ruled in all respects by me.
(3.5.13)
Capulet is saying to Paris that he will be the one
who is control of Juliet, even though Paris is
married to her.
This passage shows that even though Paris is married to
Juliet, Capulet has the last word in everything. Another reflection
of Capulet's over protective nature.
O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's
jointure, for no more can I demand. (5.3.306)
Capulet is telling Montague to part their differences,
and not fight anymore. Also saying that
Capulet knows when to show that fighting will not make
a diffence when his daughter is already dead, it also shows the
reader/ audience that Capulet has a little self control.
Monday, ha ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon.
O' Thursday let it be.-O' Thursday, tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl- (3.5.22-24)
Today is Monday, so not on Wednesday.
Let's have the wedding on Thursday.
Tell her [Juliet] she shall marry on Thursday
to the noble earl [Paris].
A sudden change in perception; before Capulet was
against forcing his daughter in marriage but now
he's all for it and wants a quick shot-gun marriage.
Welcome, gentlemen. Ladies that have their toes
Unplagued with corns and will walk [a bout] with
you-
Ah, my mistresses, which of you all
Will now deny to dance? She That makes dainty,
She, I'll swear, hath corns. Am I come near you
now?- (1.5.18-24)
Welcome, gentlemen and their dance
partners, Ladies.
Any woman who denies a dance has corns
(feet). Am I Correct?
Capulet is greeting his guest informally which
shows how down to home he is. He makes a joke
saying that all the ladies dance or if not
they have corns in their feet; suggesting people should
dance in his party which shows how goofy his character
is and how much fun he is currently having.
Well, he may chance to do some good on her.
A peevish [self-willed] harlotry it is. (4.2.13-14)
Friar Lawrence may talk some sense
into her. A stubborn good for nothing
daughter she is.
Capulet is still angry about Juliet saying she doesn't
want to marry. He hopes she'll re-consider after talking
to Friar Lawrence.
Things have fallen out, sir, so unluckily
That we have had no time to move our daughter.
look you, she lover her kinsman Tybalt dearly,
And so did I. Well, we were born to die.
'Tis very Late. She'll not come down tonight.
I promise you, but for you company,
I would have been abed an hour ago. (3.4.1-7)
Something has occurred that we could not
yet persuade Juliet. We are mourning Tybalt's
death. It is pretty late, she's not gonna come
down. If it weren't for you I would be asleep
an hour ago. Please leave.
Capulet is stressed about the events that occurred that
day. Tybalt, he's nephew, died so he wasn't too happy
talking about marriage at such a late time after so much
mourning and wanted to get a good's nights rest but
Paris was still bugging him.
As rich shall Romeo’s by his lady’s lie,
Poor sacrifices of our enmity. (5.3.320)
The statue I will make of Romeo to lie beside Juliet will be just as rich. They were poor sacrifices of our rivalry!
Capulet wishes that their (the Capulet's and the Montague's) rivalry had not had made this tragedy happen.
Act 1:

Scene 1- Capulet walks into a fight in the road and wishes to join in yet his wife, Lady Capulet, calls him out in front of everyone, saying that he is too old to fight which is surprising because our idea of women back then were submissive which Lady Capulet is lacking of.

Scene 2- Capulet is conversing with Paris and suddenly Paris asks if he could marry Juliet so Capulet gentle turns him down stating that she is too young and in 2 or more years it would be possible but it all depends if Juliet wishes it. In spite, Paris is determined to marry Juliet so Capulet invites him to a mask ball he is throwing to see if Juliet is fond of him. The party will take place at that very same day so he sends out his servant to hand out the invitations but he cannot read so he goes and asks Rom to read him the guest list and gets invited to the party which sparks the meeting of Romeo and Juliet.

Scene 5- Capulet welcomes his guests as they come in from the entrance and tells them to enjoy the ball and dance. Suddenly, Tybalt notices the voice of one of the guest to be Romeo and tells his uncle, Capulet. Capulet say that it is nothing to worry about and to treat him as a guest and that Romeo enjoys the ball.

Act 3:

Scene 4- Paris interrupts Capulet in the middle of the night about marrying Juliet again. Capulet tries to convince him that talking about marriage isn't a good time now since Tybalt, his nephew, died and that it's in the middle of the night but sudden he agrees to marry Juliet and Paris on Thursday which is a sudden 180° on how he felt about marriage before.

Scene 5- Capulet and his family are mourning about Tybalt's death and cursing the dreaded, Romeo who had slain him. Lady Capulet informed Capulet that Juliet turned down the marriage proposal. Capulet becomes out raged that she refused and states that she is lucky to even get someone as good as Paris and declares that if she does not marry Paris then Juliet can never talk to him again and she'd be better off living in the streets.

Act 4:

Scene 2- Lady Capulet informs Capulet that Juliet has gone to talk to Friar Lawrence and hopes that Juliet shall change her mind after talking with him. Capulet arranges everything for the wedding (decorations). When Juliet arrives and follows Friar Lawrence's instructions and says that she has changed her mind about the marriage, Capulet decides to bump up the wedding to tomorrow (Wednesday instead of Thursday)

Scene 3- Capulet and the Nurse stay all night getting everything ready for the wedding. Paris arrives, so Capulet sends the Nurse to awaken Juliet.

Scene 5- Nurse informs Capulet that Juliet died. He's only child left died. They call up Friar Lawrence and he announces her death and states to put her in the Capulet vault.

Act 5:

Scene 3- Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, and the Prince arrive to the Capulet vault to hear that Paris, Romeo, and Juliet had been slain. Capulet finds Juliet stabbed through her bosoms and figures out that she was alive a few hours ago then she was before. Friar Lawrence shows up and tells them about Romeo and Juliet's love affair and what actually occurred in the Capulet vault's walls. Afterwards, Capulet and Montague decided to make amends; Montague would built a statue of Juliet in their house and Capulet would build a statue of Romeo to honor their love and wedding. Capulet also decides to allow Romeo and Juliet to be together in the vault so they can be together in the afterlife.

Final Assignment:
http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/6812969/Capulet02