Act 3 Scene 5: Part 3 (Lord Capulet’s language of power) Key question: How does Shakespeare convey Lord Capulet’s power and authority in Act 3 Scene 5? Patriarchal • A society which is controlled by men • In which ways is the play/ its events controlled by men? As we read lines 126-137 • Find a piece of evidence which shows that Capulet cares for his daughter. • STAGING: As we read the rest of the section between Juliet and her father, look out for an action on her part which shows her lack of power. Analysing language and spotting patterns/links Which quotations show women as possessions or animals? Which are linked to Capulet’s concern about his reputation? ‘mammet’ (doll/puppet) Hang, beg, starve, die on the streets ‘Graze’ ‘Speak not, reply not, do not answer me’ ‘I give you to my friend’ ‘I will drag thee on a hurdle’ ‘baggage’ I’ll not be forsworn (made to go back on my promise) Writing an analytical paragraph When Lord Capulet becomes angry because Juliet will not obey his wish and agree to marry Paris, he asserts his power by speaking to Juliet as if she were an object he can control. He says “I will drag you on a hurdle’. This shows that he will be in control of where she goes, even if she does not want to, suggested by the word ‘drag’. ‘Drag’ also sounds violent and shows he doesn’t care what she wants to do or whether it will hurt her. Ultimately, it shows that as her father, he has the power to decide what she does and who she marries, as is the case in a patriarchal society. Your turn: Writing a paragraph (lines 149-196) • Lord Capulet asserts his power by referring to Juliet as…. – Can you give a quotation and explain it? (not the one I used) – Can you comment on HOW it is written (language used) – Why does he do this - can you make a relevant comment about the time the play was written? – Can you link to another quotation and explain it? DISCUSS: What is your response to the Capulets’ treatment of Juliet? • What is your reaction to Lord Capulet’s treatment of Juliet? • Who do you think is the worse parent – Lord or Lady Capulet? Can you understand their situation at all (think about the time the play was written and the pressures on parents)? Explain. Homework: How does Shakespeare present Juliet’s relationship with her parents in Act 3?