Romeo and Juliet – Capulet
Although there are many factors to the tragedy of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, some are greater than others. The major contributor to the downfall of these lovers was Capulet, Juliet’s own father. He brought upon the death of Juliet by forcing her to marry Paris, separating her from her Romeo, and rejecting her.
Although Capulet wanted the best for Juliet, he didn’t give a thought on how she felt and had forced her to marry Paris which had caused problems that led to her tragic end. She didn’t want to marry someone who she did not love and wanted to escape this marriage. Her method of escape was death. Capulet’s controlling actions appeared as early as Act I Scene 2, when he was arranging Juliet’s marriage to Paris without her consent. Paris wondered if Juliet would like him and Capulet responded with, “Of my child’s love: I think she will be ruled. In all respects by me; nay, more, I doubt it not.” (IV, 3, ln. 13-14). stating that he doesn’t just think Juliet will like him but that he knows she will like him. When Juliet refuses to marry Paris, he shouted, “To go with Paris to Saint Peter’s Church, Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.” (V, 3, ln. 154-155). making her agree to go to the church. Although she did agree to go, her thought of, “I’ll to the friar, to know his remedy; If all else fail, myself have power to die.” (V, 3, ln. 241-242). showed that she did not plan on marrying Paris and that she would die first. Juliet’s arrangement to Paris had brought her death because it had resulted in the potion plan which had caused Romeo and Juliet to die. If Capulet had never forced Juliet to marry Paris, she would have been living happily with Romeo.
By making Juliet marry Paris, who she did not love, Capulet also separated her from Romeo, who she did love and it was this separation that led onto her downfall. This contributed to her death because her life wasn’t worth living if she couldn’t have the only person she loved, and he was the person she lived for. Her expression on how she felt about Romeo before she even knew his name, “Go ask his name. –If he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed.” (V, 1, ln. 134-135). showed that she wanted him and would die if she could not have him. If she felt this way when she just met him, imagine how she felt after she was married to him and then separated from him by her father. She felt bereft and thought about ending her life because now that she had just married Romeo, she couldn’t have him! Another example of how separating her from Romeo had conduced her death was when she was begging the Friar for a way to see her Romeo again. Her description of what she would do if she couldn’t be with Romeo, “And with this knife I’ll help it presently. God join’d my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands; And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo seal’d, Shall be the label to another deed,” (I, 4, ln. 54-57). had displayed her true love for him and her intentions of death if she was alienated from him. Separating her from someone that she truly loved was a dangerous act to do because it had influenced her demise.
Verbal rejection is something Capulet used that turned out to be very harmful and had caused Juliet to take her life. The feeling of rejection coming from her own father had made her believe that she wasn’t wanted by him. She chose to satisfy him by ending her life and therefore leaving his. Capulet’s rejection of Juliet is evident in what he told his wife, “That God had lent us but this only child; But now I see this one is one too much, And that we have a curse in having her.” (V, 3, ln. 165-167). which said that they were grateful enough to have a child, but they were cursed by having Juliet as their child. He clearly states that he is ashamed of having her as his daughter and says this right in front of her implying that he didn’t want her. Another example of rejection is his response to Juliet’s refusal to marry, “An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend; And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,” (V, 3, ln. 191-192). which threatened to give her away if she did not obey. All this rejection was just another reason for Juliet to end her life. She thought that not only would it rid her of her miseries; it would also make her father happier without her as a put-down to the family. It was this rejection from Capulet, her own father, that played a major part in her death.
It is hard not to see the cause of Juliet’s end after she was forced to marry someone she didn’t love, and then separated from someone she did love, and rejected by her own father. Also, it is near complete ignorance not to be able to discern that Capulet is the one to blame for the loss of Juliet. His relationship with his daughter was one that did not function correctly and had caused Juliet suffering. In the end, her suffering had led onto her death which had made everyone suffer, including friends and foes.
Romeo and Juliet – Capulet