I’ll not be forsworn.
Please read Romeo and Juliet, Act III, scenes iv and v.
Then, please paraphrase and analyze Capulet’s speech below. In your analysis, please focus on the following three elements: characterization, plot development, and theme.
- What do we understand about Capulet’s character or personality from this speech?
- How do you think his character and this speech are likely to affect the plot of the play?
- How does this speech add to your understanding of the themes and underlying messages of this play?
As always, be sure to follow the rules of standard English and comment on at least one other response in this thread.
God’s bread! it makes me mad:
Day, night, hour, tide, time, work, play,
Alone, in company, still my care hath been
To have her match’d: and having now provided
A gentleman of noble parentage,
Of fair demesnes, youthful, and nobly train’d,
Stuff’d, as they say, with honourable parts,
Proportion’d as one’s thought would wish a man;
And then to have a wretched puling fool,
A whining mammet, in her fortune’s tender,
To answer ‘I’ll not wed; I cannot love,
I am too young; I pray you, pardon me.’
But, as you will not wed, I’ll pardon you:
Graze where you will you shall not house with me:
Look to’t, think on’t, I do not use to jest.
Thursday is near; lay hand on heart, advise:
An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend;
And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,
For, by my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee,
Nor what is mine shall never do thee good:
Trust to’t, bethink you; I’ll not be forsworn.