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 come along, the implication is that Juliet might have been content with this perfectly acceptable match—but Paris is no Romeo.

Paris grieves Juliet enough to visit her grave when he thinks she has died. He bravely fights Romeo at the gravesite but is vanquished and killed by his more passionate opponent.

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County Paris is a nobleman in Verona and is portrayed as an honorable aristocrat, who seems like a good match for Juliet. Paris is related to Prince Escalus and Mercutio and hopes to win Juliet's heart throughout the play. Paris reveals that he is a respectful man by requesting Juliet's hand in marriage in the second scene of the play. He also demonstrates his determination by suggesting that women younger than Juliet have been married when Lord Capulet comments that his daughter is too young to marry.

In the third scene of the play, Lady Capulet refers to Paris as "valiant" and the Nurse calls him "a man of wax," which means that he is an attractive model citizen. In act four, scene one, Paris reveals that he is a confident man, who is sympathetic to Juliet's emotions following the death of her cousin. He firmly believes that he will win her heart and expresses a sense of entitlement. Paris also shows that he is a genuine, respectful man by expressing his feelings for Juliet and refusing to intervene in her confession. Following Juliet's apparent death, Paris reveals that he is a romantic, emotional man by visiting her grave and lamenting by the Capulet tomb. Paris also displays courage and valor by fighting Romeo at the tomb. Overall, Paris is portrayed as an honorable, noble person, who genuinely cares about Juliet and would make a good husband.

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Paris is a dashing, handsome young man, the kind that Juliet would ordinarily fall head over heels in love with if she hadn't already set eyes on Romeo. A kinsman to the noble Prince Escalus, his social pedigree is impeccable. For good measure, he's also stinking rich. No wonder that Lord and Lady Capulet are so keen for their daughter to get married to him.

The trouble is that Paris is a bit of a drip. He doesn't exactly have what you might call a sparkling personality. That said, he has a fine sense of honor and is always anxious to do the right thing. There's no doubt that he genuinely loves Juliet, even though his love isn't in any way reciprocated. We have only to see how bitterly he weeps over what he believes—wrongly, as it turns out—to be Juliet's dead body. Paris also defends Juliet's honor by attacking Romeo when he arrives as he believes—again wrongly—that Romeo has come to desecrate Juliet's tomb. That Paris is prepared to fight and die for Juliet's honor says a lot about the nobility of his character.

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Count Paris is the man whom Lord Capulet wants Juliet to marry. In the social consideration of the time, Paris is a good match: honest, wealthy, and of a high rank. He is related to Prince Escalus, and as such is not involved in the Montague-Capulet feud.

As far as personality, Paris may not have Romeo’s extreme romanticism, but he is truthful, loving, devout, and caring. He is also somewhat vain.

When he meets Juliet in Friar Lawrence’s cell, he is polite and respectful of both Juliet and the Friar: “God shield I should disturb devotion!” It never occurs to him that Juliet might not want to marry him. He suggests she not deny to Friar Lawrence that she is in love with him (Paris).  Despite his over-confidence, he is also concerned about Juliet: “Poor soul, thy face is much abused by tears.”

When he believes Juliet is dead, his grief is deep and genuine: he truly did love her. He goes to her tomb to grieve in private, sending his servant away and vowing to visit Juliet’s grave every night:

"Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew, --

O woe! thy canopy is dust and stones; --

Which with sweet water nightly I will dew,

Or, wanting that, with tears distill’d by moans:

The obsequies that I for thee will keep

Nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep."

When Romeo arrives in the churchyard, Paris shows both courage and valor. He believes Romeo has come to desecrate Juliet’s grave, and so he fights to the death to protect her tomb.

Although he is a minor character in the play, Count Paris nevertheless displays a number of admirable personality traits.

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