Describe Paris's behavior towards Juliet in Act IV, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet.

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Paris's behavior toward Juliet demonstrates that he is ready and willing to marry her the following Thursday. He addresses her as "my lady and my wife," and "love." He asks her not to deny that she loves him (which, of course, she does not) and seems excited about the prospect of marriage. When she makes a self-deprecating remark about her own face, he retorts, albeit somewhat playfully, that "Thy face is mine, and thou hast sland'red it." These comments seem presumptuous, perhaps, given that the audience knows that Juliet has been recently married to Romeo. But Paris does not know this, of course, and his professed love for Juliet is poignant as well as tragic. It highlights Juliet's dilemma, and the audience knows that a third player is now drawn into a scenario that will not end well.


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