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In Romeo and Juliet, what are Paris's character traits? 

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Paris is a wealthy, upright, conventional man who wishes to marry Juliet but lacks Romeo's vibrant personality, inner fire, and way with words.

While Romeo beelines directly to Juliet, overwhelmed with love with her from the start and unwilling to hold back, Paris approaches her father in a businesslike way to broker a marriage. Rather than woo Juliet, he essentially makes his case to Lord Capulet, showing that he sees marriage as a financial transaction.

Paris does not impress Juliet when they do meet and talk after Lord Capulet has agreed to the marriage. Paris, though well-meaning, treats Juliet like a possession he has purchased, saying to her as she weeps:

Thy face is mine, and thou hast slander'd it.

This is not exactly the language of worshipful, ecstatic love that Romeo speaks to Juliet. It is not hard to see how she would prefer the adoring young man from the hated Montague clan to the wooden and very traditional Paris.

Paris is not in any way depicted as a bad person. If Romeo hadn't...

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