Do the parents of Juliet force her to marry Paris?

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mstinson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Juliet's parents attempt at forcing Juliet to marry Paris. Her father, Lord Capulet, says to her in Act III, scene v, lines 197-198, "But, an you will not wed, I'll pardon you./ Graze where you will, you shall not house with me." Lord Capulet is basically stating that should Juliet refuse marriage to Paris, he will "excuse" her to find another home and for her to go where she wants because she won't live in his home.

Lord Capulet also states in the same scene, lines 202-204, the following: "An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,/ For by my soul, i'll ne'er acknowledge thee,/ Nor what is mine shall never do thee good." In other words, if Juliet does not marry Paris, he will no longer claim her as his daughter and would let her die in the streets.

When Juliet pleas with her mother, the reply from lines 212-213 are "Talk not to me, for I"ll not speak a word./ Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee." Lady Capulet refuses to come to the aid of Juliet and therefore by inaction sides with her husband.

Overall, while Juliet is not physically forced to marry Paris, her parents use all means to unkindly persuade her to make the choice by stripping her of her name, home, and family if she were to choose not to.

shauger eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Paris first approaches Juliet's father about marrying Juliet, Capulet is reluctant. She is his only remaining child - the rest have died. Paris points out that many girls Juliet's age are already married. Capulet agrees, but is still reluctant and encourages Paris to woo Juliet. Lady Capulet is excited by the prospect of the marriage and eagerly brings the news to Juliet.
Juliet meets Romeo, falls in love and marries him. After Romeo is banished, Juliet's tears are believed to be in response to the death of her cousin Tybalt. Capulet decides that Juliet needs to marry Paris. When she refuses her father, he becomes irate and threatens that he will disown her - and throw her out of the house - if she does not obey him. Juliet appeals to her mother. Lady Capulet tells her that she will have nothing more to do with Juliet if she does not obey her father.
Juliet's parents don't understand Juliet's reluctance to marry Paris - after all, he's a great match.

gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Paris first says he wants to marry Juliet, Lord Capulet (her father) specifically says "woo her" and indicates that his permission is only part of the deal and that Juliet has to agree too.

Later, Paris asks again and Lord Capulet says Juliet should listen to his suggestion and marry Paris. That's in between.

Eventually, though, it does come to force: Lord Capulet says he will drag her to the church to get married.

janeyb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

They are planning on making Juliet marry Paris, because they do not know about Romeo (not that they would have approved of the match even if they did.) They cannot, however, because Juliet fakes her death, and then actually dies, before they would marry.

jess1999 | Student

Juliet's parents did force her to marry Paris , Lord Capulet even threaten her that he would disown her if she doesn't . Of course though , Juliet faked her death , so she didn't have to marry Paris . And of course her plan lead to both her and Romeo' s death .