Power & control(unfinished) Essay

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Power and Control Poems and plays often have to deal with the theme of power and control. In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Capulet wields the authority. Shakespeare portrays Capulet as a patriarchal ruler who is not afraid to show his controlling side. His aggression is key aspect in the play and becomes a catalyst for the outcome of our “star crossed lovers”. I will also examine the exertion of power in the poems “My Last Duchess”, “Hawk Roosting” and “Human Interest”. Firstly, I will begin with examining the theme of force in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. The first key scene to consider is act one scene on in which a battle between the Capulets and Montagues occurs. In this scene Capulet himself is not afraid to get involved…show more content…
It shows Capulet using his dominance but without becoming enraged. As act 1 scene 5 progresses Capulet becomes less patient repeating the word “go to! go to!” The use of repetition implies Capulet is becoming less patient with Tybalt and the use an exclamation also adds to the portrayal of Capulet’s irritation. As the scene proceeds the imperatives become shorter, increasing the audiences knowledge of Capulet’s impatience. Towards the start of the scene we see Capulet exerting little aggression but as we examine the scene closer we see that Capulet loses control over himself and becomes angry at Tybalt. In contrast to act one scene two we see Capulet objectifying Juliet in act three scene four. We see Capulet acting as if he can sell his own child as if it were a business deal. The quote “I will make a desperate tender of my child’s love” implies that Capulet is going to give away Juliet’s love to Paris. The word “tender” clearly tells the audience that Capulet believes that he can give his daughter’s love away to with no question asked. The fact that Capulet is not hesitant to sell his daughter implies that he knows that he rules everyone and that he can control others. It also tells us that he believes he can make decisions for other people without them knowing. The word “my” is a possessive pronoun which re-enforces the idea that Capulet owns Juliet and has the right to give her away. In this
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