In act 3 scene 5, explain the paradoxical phrases in line 94-103.

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(In order to respond with a full and concise answer, we can only answer one question at a time.) In Act 3 scene 5, Juliet informs her father that she has no desire to marry Paris. She says, "not proud you have, but thankful that you have." She is attempting to let her father know that while she does not wish to marry Paris she still appreciates the care her father took in selecting a match for her. Of course, Lord Capulet does not realize that Juliet is already in love and married to another man. He thinks she is simply an ungrateful and spoiled child. Father's typically chose their daughters husbands during this time period. Arranged marriages were customary and expected. A daughter's duty to her family was to marry who ever her father choose. She would have been expected to be grateful and happy to marry. Juliet's reaction sparks a violent response from her father. He basically tells her that she will either marry Paris or no longer be his daughter. This might not seem like such a big deal to us today, but for Juliet it would have meant becoming homeless and starving. Women did not work as they do today. She would have been dependent upon the kindness and generousity of strangers. For a young girl raised in wealth, this would have been extremely frightening.

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