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Who proposes the idea of marriage between Romeo and Juliet?

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Who proposes the idea of marriage between Romeo and Juliet?

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Juliet proposes the idea of marriage to Romeo on the very night that they meet.  In Act 2, scene 2 (otherwise known as the balcony scene), Juliet becomes so obsessed over the idea that she must be sure that Romeo is truly in love with her that she tells him that if he really loves her and wants to be with her, then he must marry her when she says,

     "Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
      If that thy bent of love be honourable,
      Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow, 
      By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
      Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite;"  (A. 2, s. 2, lines 148-152)

On the following day, Romeo does, in fact , give the Nurse information about when the marriage will take place.

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In Act 2, scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet proposes the idea of marriage to Romeo. In this scene which takes place on a balcony, Romeo and Juliet profess their love for each other.

Juliet is fully aware of the conflict between her family and Romeo's family and knows their families will not allow any relationship to develop between Romeo and Juliet. So Juliet needs confirmation that Romeo's love for her is really and truly deeper than just words. And if Romeo truly loves her, they need a way to prevent their parents from keeping them apart.

"If that thy bent of love be honourable, / Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow." 

This statement by Juliet simply means that if Romeo loves her, he is to tell her by tomorrow whether he will marry her. Having Romeo agree to marriage would not only affirm his love for her, but would also prevent their parents from breaking up their relationship.

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