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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, we see 'the County Paris' trying all his best arguments to ask Juliet's father for her hand in marriage. The Capulets have resisted pressure such as this up to now, but Juliet's father is aware that she is getting closer to womanhood every day, and so doesn't need much further pushing by Paris when he reminds him that it is the popular style at the time. paris is not a blindingly brilliant catch for Juliet but it seems as if Sir Capulet just can't be bothered to argue the point much more. Later, he seems to go back on the idea of Juliet having time to get to love Paris, becoming impatient and threatening to throw her out on the streets!

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What Paris is doing in this scene is trying to persuade Lord Capulet to let him marry Juliet (Capulet's daughter).  Capulet points out that she is only 14.  Paris argues back by saying that girls younger than that (in those days) often married and became mothers and did so quite happily.

When Paris says this, Capulet changes his mind slightly.  He tells Paris that it is okay with him if Paris tries to woo Juliet.  Paris, he says, should try to get Juliet to love him.  If he does, Capulet will approve their marriage.