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Romeo and Juliet Characters

Capulet is the head of an old family of Verona.

He has only one child left, Juliet, and he does everything in his power to do his best for her and obtain an honorable and noble marriage for her. He wishes to wait until she is sixteen for her to be married, though, and insists that she too must consent to the match before it is made. He therefore requires his chosen wooer, Paris, to get to know her and hopefully have her come to like him.

Capulet is both irascible and honorable: while he calls for his sword despite his wife’s mockery in the opening brawl and fully intends to fight in it himself, he also refuses to eject Romeo from his feast, given that the lad has a good reputation and is a guest – though he may mainly be afraid of the Prince’s reaction if a fight ensues. He feels his age, missing the days when he could be as wild as the young men in masks who come to his feast. He has little patience for his hot-tempered nephew-by-marriage Tybalt, and intends to have mastery over him. When the young man is killed, he is silent before the Prince, allowing his wife to plead for vengeance. He attempts to cheer things up by advancing Juliet’s marriage to Paris, and loses his temper completely when she demurs, threatening to disown her and coming close to beating her. When she relents, he becomes rather giddy, advancing the wedding to the next day and spending the whole night in making the preparations for the ceremony. Juliet’s death hits him hard; and when the whole story is revealed at the graveyard, he is remorseful and is the first to hold out his hand to Montague. When the latter one-ups his gesture by offering a rich golden statue of Juliet, he quickly matches the offer.


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