What type of person is Paris in Romeo and Juliet?

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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Paris is Juliet’s suitor and a contrast to Romeo.

Unlike Romeo, who is sentimental and governed by his emotions, Paris is practical and driven by logic and tradition. He views his hypothetical marriage to Juliet as a business exchange of...

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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Paris is Juliet’s suitor and a contrast to Romeo.

Unlike Romeo, who is sentimental and governed by his emotions, Paris is practical and driven by logic and tradition. He views his hypothetical marriage to Juliet as a business exchange of sorts and is not the least bit sentimental, romantic, or loving toward the woman he hopes to marry.

Paris is possessive. From the moment Capulet consents to Paris’s marriage to Juliet, Paris treats Juliet as if she is not only his wife, but his possession.

Paris is good-looking and born into a wealthy family (he is a kinsman of Prince Escalus). As a result, he can sometimes come across as arrogant and entitled. For example, he is determined to marry Juliet even though she does not show any indication of loving him.

For all his faults, Paris’s love for Juliet appears to be authentic. He cries upon seeing what he believes to be her dead body and loses his own life to Romeo while defending Juliet’s honor.

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