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Copy of Comparison between the attitude of the Duke (in MLD) and Capulet (in R&J)

This presentation explains and covers links and connections between the attitudes of both Capulet and the Duke towards women.
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Henry Powell-Davies

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Chattels Comparison between the attitudes towards women of Capulet and the Duke Value Systems Use of personal pronoun "my" to show the Duke's possessiveness of the Duchess.Also by doing this, Browning shows how the Duke's value system is one in which objects of possession, triumph above love and kindness. "It is my last duchess" Again, the use of the personal pronoun "my" is used in speech, in order to portay his change a attitude from a caring father, to one of pure tyrancy. "Death is my son-in-law, Death is my heir" Arranged marriages – quite ironic how they don’t work out in both R & J and MLD. This quote may directly compare with one in Act 1, Scene 2 – Line 284. There is a definite change in tone of voice by Capulet. What Capulet is asking, is whether Juliet is at all grateful or happy to be marrying such a highly ranked kinsman. Again, the use of the pronoun “her” connotes how Shakespeare tries to make Capulet seem of high authority by allowing him to talk down about Juliet, as if she was of no meaning to Capulet whatsoever. This tone of impatience and anger, is a repeat of the such tone he had with Tybalt earlier in the act, whereby he and Tybalt were arguing. I believe this was done deliberately by Shakespeare in order for the reader to begin to establish connection between the change in attitude of Capulet throughout this act. “doth she not count her blest” (L.2250) The use of this pronoun implies a deliberate patronising tone to Capulet voice, which was probably intended by Shakespeare to make the point clear of Capulet’s changed attitude towards Juliet showing how less caring of her, he has become. This use of the personal pronoun “she” makes the reader see that Shakespeare intended Capulet to speak of her in the 3rd person, as it shows how Juliet is still subject to higher authority. “she” (L.2249/2250) How does Shakespeare change the attitude of Capulet in Act III Scene 5? I believe this quote to be hypocritical, because although Capulet may see Juliet as a burden, she is still his own flesh and blood and therefore he should treat her so. I think this is what Shakespeare intended, for the reader to be able to clearly see the change in attitude of Capulet and how this increases the tension levels between the Capulet household as a result. This quotation is in direct contrast with the speech of Capulet earlier in the text at Act 1 Scene 2, L.285 where Capulet says “she is the hopeful lady of my earth” which shows how much she means to him, however this caring, thoughtful, loving attitude had diminished by this point, where Capulet says she is “too much”. “I see this one as too much” (L.2274) In this instance, I believed Shakespeare put he word “girl” after a common and before a question mark in order to reiterate Capulet inert anger and impatience at the way Juliet is behaving. The word “conduit” means drainpipe and in this instance it shows how Capulet is seen to be mocking Juliet's attitude rather than being the caring father he was portrayed as earlier on in the text. With the words “how now” Shakespeare is to trying to inform the reader about how confused Capulet must be feeling about the way Juliet seems. As Capulet thinks she is still moping over the death of Tybalt. Which, we, the audience know to be untrue. “How now! a conduit, girl?” (L.2236) A Pyramid The Duke's Value System A Pyramid A Pyramid Capulet's Value System Love Honour Power Wealth (cc) image by rocketboom on Flickr (cc) image by quoimedia on Flickr Wealth Love (cc) image by rocketboom on Flickr (cc) image by quoimedia on Flickr Honour of Lineage Control Capulet is a Patriarch Defines Capulet Patriarch The word patriarch is formed the Greek words for father and rule, so a patriarch is a father who rules. Patriarch now refers to a male head of a household or organization. So Capulet is a Patriarch because he is the head of the Capulet household and therefore makes the important descisons. His authority is shown when Capulet says to Paris, "my will to her consent" in reference to Juliet, showing how Capulet has higher authority over who he thinks is best for Juliet to marry, but then he says "in part" which implies he's allowing Juliet to have a say too in who she marries. This is very unlike the Duke who treated his marrige like an arranged business transaction and we still this change of charcter in Capulet later on in the text... Define? Chattels Tangible chattels often are subdivided into personal chattels and real chattels.
Personal chattels, strictly speaking, are movable objects that the owner may carry about with him, such as household goods, jewels, or money. In MLD, the Duke defines the Duchess as an "object" and therefore she connotes what is defined as a chattel, because she is considered personal property of the Duke, whcih means only he can control her in any way, shape , or form that he sees fit.
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