In Romeo and Juliet, to whom (or to what family) is Count Paris related?

Asked on by sauceman

9 Answers | Add Yours

andrewnightingale's profile pic

andrewnightingale | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

Firstly, we know that Paris is a gentleman and of noble blood. There are a number of references in the play which confirm this.'

is a nobleman in town, one Paris,"

Nurse when speaking to Romeo in Act 2, scene 4

"Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender
Of my child's love"

Lord Capulet addressing Paris in Act 3 scene 4.

"The gallant, young and noble gentleman,
The County Paris ..."

Lady Capulet's reference when speaking to Juliet in Act 3, scene 5.

Lady Capulet also refers to Paris as "county" which means that he is a count.

Prince Escalus, Prince of Verona, mentions at the end of the play that:

"And I for winking at your discords too
Have lost a brace of kinsmen"

The prince is here referring to the fact that he has lost two kinsmen as a result of the ongoing dispute between the houses of Capulet and Montague. Earlier in the play, after Mercutio and Tybalt had been killed, he also said:

"I have an interest in your hate's proceeding,
My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding"

In this instance, he was referring to Mercutio's death.

The two kinsmen that Prince Escalus has lost are therefore Mercutio and Paris. Paris is thus a blood relative of both Prince Escalus, Prince of Verona, and Mercutio.

middleschool-teacher's profile pic

middleschool-teacher | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted on

In Romeo and Juliet, to whom (or to what family) is Count Paris related?

Count Paris or also referred to as County Paris, is a suitor of Juliet.  He is related to Prince Escalus, the Prince of Verona.  He is described as handsome and wealthy.  

julikiyomi's profile pic

julikiyomi | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted on

There are three family circles in Romeo and Juliet. The family of Prince Escalus is the third family in the play. This family includes the Prince, Count Paris, and Mercutio (Romeo's best friend. This family truly acts as the peacemakers as Mercutio is Romeo's best friend and Count Paris is to marry Juliet.

gbeatty's profile pic

gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

Paris is related to Prince Escalus (the ruler of Verona).

shainice's profile pic

shainice | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

Count Paris is related to the ruler of Verona, by virtue of being the kinsman of Prince Escalus.

Paris is a wealthy, well-mannered and attractive gentleman. Qualities that made him Capulet’s preferred suitor for Juliet.  Moreover, Paris’ persistence ‘sealed the deal’ as he was able to wear down Capulet’s refusal and have Capulet promise him, Juliet’s hand in marriage.   

dnhamrani's profile pic

dnhamrani | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

There is an "other group" in romeo and Juliet where the people in that group do not belong to any particular side. Thats where Paris belongs in

alymoemally's profile pic

alymoemally | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

Paris is: the Prince's kinsman and juliet's sutor but also, Mercutio is his page.
He is of a wealthy family in Verona.

We’ve answered 319,816 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question