How does Juliet feel about her father's request in Romeo and Juliet?

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Juliet starts the play as a very obedient child. She seems to behave and act as she is expected to by her parents. Her father has requested that she consider a union with Paris. Paris has asked Capulet for his daughter's hand in marriage but Capulet has stated that he will not force her to marry. However, he points out to Paris, if she were so wooed, he would not stand in the way of such a union. Lady Capulet then delivers the message to Juliet to consider the possibility of marriage with Paris. She asks, "can you love the gentleman?" Juliet responds as a dutiful daughter should, "I'll look to like, if looking liking move; but no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly." Later, Capulet insists on the union to rid the house of the sorrow from Tybalt's death. Juliet then threatens suicide and pleads for them to postpone. The change obviously due to her being married to Romeo at this point.

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