In "Romeo and Juliet," according to Paris, why is Capulet pushing his daughter to marry so quickly?

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are two possible parts of the play that you may be referring to.  In Act I, scene ii, Paris meets with Capulet and tries to convince him that Juliet is ready to get married.  Paris says, "Younger than she are happy mothers made." (Act I, scene ii).  By this he means that there are girls that are younger than her that are happily married and have children. To this, Capulet responds in a speech that begins, "And too soon marr'd are those so early made."  (Act I, scene ii).   Capulet is basically telling him that his daughter is not ready and that he can meet her at the party that they are having but he has to wait another year.  

The second possible part you are referring to occurs after the death of Tybalt.  Due to all of the crazy and violent things that have been happening in Verona, Capulet and paris decide that the best thing would be for Juliet to get married.  This is Act III, scene iv .  Paris states, " These times of woe afford no time to woo."  He is saying that there is no time right now to get to know Juliet, but that they need to get married immediately.