Romeo and Juliet

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Lady Capulet Character Analysis

Juliet's mother, and Capulet's wife. A woman who married Capulet when she was Juliet's age (thirteen), she loves her daughter but is a flighty woman and an ineffectual mother who left most of the raising of her daughter to the Nurse. When it comes to marriage, Lady Capulet believes more in the material happiness a "good match" can bring than in love.

Lady Capulet Quotes in Romeo and Juliet

The Romeo and Juliet quotes below are all either spoken by Lady Capulet or refer to Lady Capulet. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Romeo and Juliet published in 2004.
Act 3, scene 5 Quotes
Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
That sees into the bottom of my grief?
O sweet my mother, cast me not away!
Delay this marriage for a month, a week,
Or if you do not, make the bridal bed
In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Lady Capulet, Tybalt
Page Number: 3.5.208-213
Explanation and Analysis:

Romeo finally leaves Juliet’s room when her Nurse warns her that Lady Capulet is coming. Lady Capulet arrives with “joyful tidings” that will hopefully ease the woe that Juliet (supposedly) feels for Tybalt’s death: Juliet is to marry County Paris next Thursday. Of course, to Juliet, this news is the opposite of joyful. She reveals her love for Romeo to her mother and father, who refuse to acknowledge her desire to marry him. Her father swiftly leaves, and Juliet here appeals to her mother. She begs her mother to not cast her away, although Juliet has already figuratively cast herself away from her household during conversations with Romeo. Juliet practically suggests that her mother might merely delay this marriage to County Paris, before more ardently and imaginatively asking her mother to make her bridal bed with County Paris a tomb—reflecting her earlier phrase, upon first seeing Romeo, that the grave should be her wedding-bed.


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Lady Capulet Character Timeline in Romeo and Juliet

The timeline below shows where the character Lady Capulet appears in Romeo and Juliet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 3
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Just before the masquerade, Lady Capulet asks the Nurse to find Juliet. Juliet enters. Lady Capulet dismisses the Nurse, then immediately... (full context)
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Lady Capulet asks Juliet what she thinks about marriage. Juliet says she hasn't thought about it. Lady... (full context)
Act 3, scene 4
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It is just before dawn. Capulet, Lady Capulet , and Paris have stayed up late, discussing Juliet and the tragedy of Tybalt's death.... (full context)
Act 3, scene 5
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The Nurse enters and warns that Lady Capulet is approaching Juliet's room. Romeo hurries down the rope ladder. To Juliet, standing on her... (full context)
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Lady Capulet enters, and soon begins to curse Romeo as the "traitor murderer" (3.5.84) of Tybalt. Juliet... (full context)
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Lady Capulet reveals the plan for Juliet to marry Paris on Thursday. Juliet refuses to marry Paris... (full context)
Act 4, scene 3
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After selecting clothes for the wedding, Juliet asks the Nurse and Lady Capulet to let her spend the night before her wedding alone. (full context)