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Lady Capulet - Juliet's Mother

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In two of the novels we have read this semester we seen how putting the blame on two characters contributed to the conflict; scapegoat is the term. In closer examination Lady Capulet, the scapegoat from Romeo and Juliet and Bertha Mason, the scapegoat from Jane Eyre conflicts contribute to the plot, which is why they might be seen as bad characters. From Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet's role is Juliet's mother. She is eager to see her daughter marry Paris. She is also a weak mother, relying on the Nurse for moral and realistic support. We can say that she is the blame for Romeo and Juliet's death. From Jane Eyre, Bertha Mason's role Rochester's insane Creole wife from Jamaica who is locked away on the third floor of Thornfield. We can say that she is responsible for Rochester and Jane not getting married.

In Romeo and Juliet as mentioned before Lady Capulet is Juliet's mother. Lady Capulet communications between the two are strained and distant. "Marry, that "marry" is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married?" From this quote we see that Lady Capulet does make an effort to reach out to her daughter now that she's of an age to be married. But it's obvious that Juliet's closest bond is with the Nurse; Lady Capulet never even comes close to challenging that. "Your lady mother is coming to your chamber. The day is broke. Be wary, look about." As a result, Lady Capulet doesn't come across as a particularly great mom. Just when Juliet needs her mom's support, Lady Capulet coldly ignore her daughter's pleas to help her avoid marrying Paris. After Lord Capulet storms out, Juliet turns to her mother to soften her father's punishment. Juliet begs her even to delay the marriage. Lady Capulet responds, "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee."

In Jane Eyre, Grace Poole is the mysterious servant at Thornfield who watches over Bertha Mason. Bertha Mason is Rochester's insane wife from Jamaica who is locked away on the third floor of Thornfield. She represents Rochester's monstrous secrets. "Did you hear that loud laugh? Who is it?" "Some of the servants, very likely. Perhaps Grace Poole." This when Jane is taking a tour of Thornfield and hears the strange noise, Mrs. Fairfax blames it on Grace Poole. Jane is disturbed by strange noises in the hallway, a demonic laugh at her door, and footsteps retreating to the third floor. She runs into the hallway and sees smoke coming from Rochester's bedroom--Rochester is asleep, but his bed curtains are on fire. She douses the curtains with water, putting out the fire and saving his life. "But you heard an odd laugh? You have heard that laugh before, I should think, or something like



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