What differences are there among the reactions of Paris, the Nurse, Lord Capulet, and Lady Capulet to Juliet's "fake death"?

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Paris: This man feels cheated and illustrates these feelings in the words,

Beguil'd, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
Most detestable Death, by thee beguil'd,
By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!

Paris doesn't understand how his great fortune could so quickly turn to loss.

Nurse: This woman asks for a drink and quickly. She needs something to numb the sting of pain she feels for watching a life be extinguished at such a young age. Also, typical of a woman, she cries and repeats her shock.

Lord Capulet: This man needs to see to believe:

Out alas! she's cold,
Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff;
Life and these lips have long been separated.

After seeing the truth and realizing how real the situation is, he feels speechless, but quickly makes plans with the Friar to give his daughter over to Death by making instant funeral plans.

Lady Capulet: This woman freaks out by stating that Juliet's death will literally kill her (meaning Lady Capulet). She too cries and repeats her extreme anguish.

Compared, all four of these characters experience a great degree of loss, but they each deal with it differently. Both of the women look to exterior means to heal their pain. The men each deal with the situation but still demonstrate that they don't understand why this happened.

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Romeo and Juliet

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