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What are examples of parental love in Romeo and Juliet?

In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s parents' soliciting Juliet's thoughts about a union with Paris is an example of parental love. Paris is a relative of the prince and a good catch. Yet, Juliet’s parents want her thoughts, showing concern about her happiness. Lord Capulet instructs Paris to win Juliet's affection, otherwise Lord Capulet will not consent. Lady Capulet also asks how Juliet would feel, putting Juliet’s feelings over the distinction that the match would bring.

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In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s parents show concern about her future marital happiness and do not want her to enter into a marriage merely because Paris would be a good catch. He is of suitable background and socioeconomic status, and more importantly, he is a relative of the prince. Yet, both of Juliet’s parents want to know her thoughts about the marriage proposal. Moreover, they each feel that at thirteen, she is still too young to marry, even though many girls her age are already wed.

Paris approaches Lord Capulet to ask for Juliet’s hand, and her father asks Paris to wait two years, saying, "Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." He puts concern about his daughter ahead of the benefits of the marriage. Lord Capulet also tells Paris how much he loves his daughter and that he will not consent to the marriage unless Juliet is in agreement. Given how desirable Paris is as a husband, another father might have insisted that his daughter marry...

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