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Capulet & the duke

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Mohammed Saleh Bham

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Capulet & the duke

The duke is quite possessive over his wife and see's her as an object. (line 1) "that's my last Duchess". This use of 1st person shows ownership because "my" is a possessive determiner. Duke is Possessive Capulet too is quite possessive over the females in
his life ie Juliet and Lady Capulet. (A3S5 L2304) Capulet says
"an you be mine". Here he's trying to blackmail Juliet emotionally to do as he wants - to marry Paris - by saying if you're my daughter you'd marry Paris. Capulet is possessive in both texts the idea of arranged marriage has failed. In MLD
the marriage between the duke and duchess has failed due to the
fact that the duchess didn't give the Duke more importance than she
does to others. In Instead she gives everyone including the Duke equal treatment for their actions. In R&J the marriage between lord and lady
Capulet doesn't seem to show much romance (although this can be argued
as not much is known about their marital life) and lady Capulet does get sidelined by Capulet for example (A4S2 Line 2533/4) Lady Capulet says "No, not till Thursday; there is time enough" followed by Capulet saying "Go, nurse, go with her: we'll to church to-morrow". Here Capulet has totally ignored what
lady Capulet has just said. Also Shakespeare broke away from the
convention of arranged marriage by allowing R&J to fall in love and to
have a love marriage. But ironically he allowed a woman (Juliet) to
make this decision of marriage in haste and it was the women who
were often seen as evil and bad so Shakespeare in a way doesn't
get the blame for doing something that's seen as taboo in
society. Arranged Marriage Both Capulet and the Duke are the patriarchs of their families. This is something that both of them gained naturally as this was a norm for men to be the patriarch and ruler of the family. It wouldn't be good for shakespeare to write a play where his audience would have opposite views as this wont benefit Shakespeare and his plays success. Control, ownership
and patriarchy In the days of Shakespeare and Robert Browning a mans honor,
reputation and prestige meant the most to him. Without it he could not have faced society as it would have caused shame unto him. He can't allow anyone to tarnish it. In R&J he'd rather disown Juliet than to have his reputation tarnished by her not marrying Paris. Prestige, Honor, Reputation, Name and Lineage By Mohammed Bham Duke and Capulet comparison between The duke sees a wife as an object that he can control and tame as he wishes. (line 54-56) "Notice Neptune, though,
Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity,
Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me." Here he's telling the messenger what he wants his wife to be like ie tameable. Also by using bronze rather
than gold or silver shows
that his wife isn't worthy
enough. Juliet also says (A4S2 L2519) "Henceforward I am ever ruled by you." This shows that Juliet gives in to his commands (although
she has other plans) as this would cause Capulet to calm down
and not be angry with Juliet as this means for things
to go according to Capulet's plans.
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