Is Juliet being fair and reasonable to Paris when she is talking to him in Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?
Juliet is most definitely not treating Paris fairly when she encounters him at Friar Laurence's chambers immediately after consenting to marry Paris. Juliet actually has no reason to dislike Paris. On several occasions, Shakespeare actually portrays Paris as a very desirable match, showing us that the only reason why Juliet prefers Romeo over Paris is because she lets her wild, uncontrolled emotions get away with her rather than using rational thought, illustrating Shakespeare's theme of violent emotions vs. rational thought.
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