In Romeo and Juliet, why does Lady Capulet think Paris will make a good husband for Juliet ?

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andrewnightingale eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because he is from the upper crust of Veronese society (as his title indicates), courageous, young, noble, and a gentleman who will supposedly make Juliet a happy bride and share his wealth with her, Lady Capulet believes that Paris is the ideal husband for her daughter. She refers to his bravery in Act 1, scene 3 when she first speaks about Juliet considering him as a suitor:

Thus then in brief:
The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.

She repeats these good tidings in Act 3, scene 5 and says:

Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,
The gallant, young and noble gentleman,
The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church,
Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.

In the first instance, Juliet agrees to her mother's request to give Paris a look over but states that she will not do more than what her mother wishes her to. Juliet's response means that she will not necessarily take any particular interest in Paris but will do just enough to satisfy her mother's request. She is not, therefore, prepared to consider marriage yet.

In the latter situation, Juliet bluntly refuses even to consider her mother's appeal. Oblivious to her mother, she has already married Romeo at this juncture. Juliet later gets into a heated argument with her father who shocks his wife by vowing to throw his daughter out into the street and disown her if she does not follow his command.  

Juliet, as a ruse, tells the nurse to inform her mother that she is going to Friar Laurence to "make confession and be absolved." She is, in fact, planning to seek the friar's counsel about the terrible dilemma she now finds herself in. 

The friar's eagerness to help by advising the distraught young girl to drink a sleeping potion leads to a series of unfortunate events that culminate in the tragic deaths of our two hapless young protagonists.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because he is the equivalent to 'a regular guy' but, even better, with money or status. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the playwright constantly sets the County Paris alongside Romeo for us to compare the two. Yes, Paris is so conventional and polite that he even looks like a book! Yet his courtesy and old-fashioned approach also make him seem staid and frumpy--like an old man compared to the young, headstrong and dashing Romeo. However, he is well-connected and the two families stand together in the history of the city, so Lady Capulet thinks he is an appropriate suitor to a daughter from her family. Even Romeo  thinks there is nothing wrong with the County Paris as a man, but obviously not for his own sweetheart Juliet!

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