In Romeo and Juliet, why have the Capulets not yet formally approached Juliet with the possibility of marrying Paris?

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gkopf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act 1 Scene 2, we hear a conversation between Capulet and Paris about Juliet.  Paris wishes to marry Juliet, but Capulet believes that Juliet is still too young to get married:

My child is yet a stranger in the world.
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.
Let two more summers wither in their pride
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
Capulet tells Paris that he would feel better if Juliet was at least two years older, but when Paris presses him, Capulet concedes to let Paris court her.  Capulet says that he will allow them to marry if Juliet accepts Paris.
Lady Capulet, too, urges Juliet to allow Paris to court her.  
Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face
And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen.
Examine every married lineament
And see how one another lends content,
And what obscured in this fair volume lies
Find written in the margin of his eyes.
At first, her parents seem content to allow Juliet and Paris to slowly get to know each other and decide if they want to get married.  Later, Juliet is forced to agree to this marriage by her parents.
gkopf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here is the link to the full play, which I used for the quotes in my answer:

Juliet's parents think she's too young to understand marriage and Juliet is not interested in marrying Paris(obviously).

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Romeo and Juliet

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