Romeo and Juliet

Lady Capulet Character Analysis

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Juliet’s mother. Like her husband, Capulet, Lady Capulet is obsessed with appearances and with advancing Juliet’s social station. She is ignorant of her daughter’s true feelings most of the time, and, even when confronted with them, attempts to steamroll Juliet’s emotions and urge her daughter to put on a brave face, accept fate, and comply with her family’s plans for her.

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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer 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
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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 1
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Capulet and Lady Capulet enter. Capulet calls for his sword, but Lady Capulet chides him for trying to join... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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At the Capulet house, Lady Capulet asks Juliet’s nurse to call for Juliet. Juliet enters and asks her mother what she... (full context)
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...if she lives long enough to see Juliet married, she will die a happy woman. Lady Capulet says that marriage is actually what she’s planning on talking to Juliet about, and asks... (full context)
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Lady Capulet tells Juliet that Paris is coming to the feast tonight—Juliet will get to meet the... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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...out Tybalt’s body on the ground. The prince enters with Montague, Capulet, and their wives. Lady Capulet screams and swoons over her dead kinsman, and the prince demands a detailed account of... (full context)
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Lady Capulet accuses Benvolio of lying to protect the Montagues. Prince Escalus asks if Romeo is responsible... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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...no time to “move” Juliet to happy thoughts of marrying Paris. Paris assures Capulet and Lady Capulet that he understands. Lady Capulet promises Paris that, in the morning, she’ll talk to Juliet... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
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...“more light” breaks, his and Juliet’s troubles grow “dark[er.]” The nurse enters and announces that Lady Capulet is on her way to Juliet’s room. Juliet states that as the window “let[s] day... (full context)
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Lady Capulet calls out to Juliet and asks how she’s doing. Juliet says she’s feeling poorly. Lady... (full context)
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Lady Capulet tells Juliet that it’s time to talk of nicer things—she has some good news for... (full context)
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...says, her parents might as well build the bridal bed inside of the Capulet crypt. Lady Capulet , furious as her husband, tells Juliet to do whatever she wants—her parents are “done”... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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...Capulet is busy hastily sending his servingmen on errands in preparation for Juliet’s wedding while Lady Capulet stands by. He sends one out to go around town inviting the guests and another... (full context)
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...with her to her room and help her pick out adornments for the following day. Lady Capulet reminds her that the wedding is not for two days, but Capulet says there’s no... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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...to leave her be for the evening so that she might privately atone and prepare. Lady Capulet enters and asks if Juliet needs any help getting ready, but Juliet says everything is... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 4
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Very early the next morning, the Capulet manor is bustling as Capulet, Lady Capulet , Juliet’s nurse, and several servingmen rush about the house preparing food, lighting fires, and... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 5
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...further—but then sees that Juliet is, apparently, dead. The nurse calls out for help, and Lady Capulet hurries into the bedroom. Seeing that her daughter is dead, she laments the loss of... (full context)
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...on her wedding day. Death, now, is his son-in-law. Paris is shattered, and joins Capulet, Lady Capulet , and the nurse in loudly and dramatically lamenting Juliet’s horrible death. Friar Laurence tries... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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...enters with his attendants, annoyed that he’s been risen from bed so early. Capulet and Lady Capulet , too, arrive on the scene, desperate to know what’s going on—in the streets, they’ve... (full context)