Romeo and Juliet - Is the Behaviour of Lord Capulet in Act 3 Scene 5 Unexpected?

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In this essay, I am going to talk about Lord Capulet and his behaviour, the way he is, and why he acts like that. I will compare the way he acts in the earlier scenes, before Act 3 Scene 5 with the way he behaves in Act 3 Scene 5 towards Juliet. I think that Capulet behaviour is not unexpected because we have seen his aggression in Act 1 Scene 1, at the start of the play and we have seen his aggression towards Tybalt when Tybalt sees Romeo at the ball. When Capulet speaks to Paris in Act 1 Scene 2 we feel that Capulet is being fake and pretending.

In Act 1 Scene 1, Lord Capulet wants to defend is honour, but he is a bit foolish: he really needs a crutch. His self image isn’t accurate, he thinks he is a hero, but he is an old man:

Lord Capulet: “What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!” Lady Capulet: “A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?” Lord Capulet: “My sword, I say! Old Montague is come,
And flourishes his blade in spite of me.”

This gives us the impression that Capulet is almost paranoid. He cannot tolerate Montague’s presence. He is ready to fight. Because the two families don’t like each other, it is almost as if he cannot help him self; he has a fixed idea.

In Act 1 Scene 2, when Paris goes to Capulet to ask him for his daughter’s hand, he seems a really nice father:

Lord Capulet: “And too soon marred are those so early made. Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she; She’s hopeful lady of my earth. But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part;”

Here Capulet seems the best father in the world, he just wants is only daughter to be happy and to choose by herself her future.

Then Lord Capulet tells Paris he is having a party in his house, and pretends he is very humble:

“This night I hold an old accustomed feast,
Whereto I have invited many a guest,
Such as I love,...
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