Romeo and Juliet Essay

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14. Was Capulet a good father? Explain.
It is hard to say if Lord Capulet was a good father or not. It seems that around this time period a good father had a different definition than it does now. Back then, a good father was someone who gave their child all the luxuries they could afford in the world. One of these luxuries was the process of finding a husband. From Lord Capulets’ point of view, Paris was the best husband for his daughter but he knew that Paris must win her heart. In Act one, Scene 2, Capulet explains to Paris that his daughter is still young and immature to marry. Paris insists on marrying on her but Capulet responds, “And too soon marred are those so early made. Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she;/ She is the hopeful lady of my earth./ But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,/ My will to her consent is but a part,/ And she agreed, within her score of choice/ Lies my consent and fair according voice”(lines 13-19). This shows the love that Capulet has for his daughter and how much her cares about her happiness. He agrees to allow Paris to date his daughter and if she falls for him then Capulet will let them marry. Capulet will do anything to keep Juliet happy as she is his last child.

6. Friar Lawrence should be pardoned for his role in the death of Romeo and Juliet. Even though he is responsible for marrying them and ultimately causing their death, he did this because of their love for one another and with the hope of ending the feud between the Montague and Capulet family. In Act 5 , Scene 3, the Prince finds the letter that proves that Friar Lawrence was innocent and it proves his story. The Prince states, “This letter doth make good of Friar’s words:/ Their course of love, the tidings of her death,/ And here he writes that he did buy a poison/ Of a poor pothecary, and therewithal/ Came to this vault to die and lie with Juliet./ Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague,/ See what a scourage is laid upon your hate,/ That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love;/ And I, for winking at your discords too,/ Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished (lines 290-299).” The Prince states that God has punished both families by taking away their children…