Why did Romeo kill Paris?

Romeo kills Paris because Paris accosts him in the Capulet tomb and refuses to leave him alone. Paris doesn't know about Romeo's marriage to Juliet, and so he automatically assumes that Romeo intends to desecrate Juliet's corpse or that of another Capulet. In the ensuing duel, Romeo kills Paris.

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Romeo's killing of Paris arises from a tragic misunderstanding. Paris is keeping a vigil by what he believes to be Juliet 's dead body. Juliet's not dead, of course; she's taken a powerful sleeping potion that makes it look as if she's dead. But the grief-stricken Paris doesn't know...

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Romeo's killing of Paris arises from a tragic misunderstanding. Paris is keeping a vigil by what he believes to be Juliet's dead body. Juliet's not dead, of course; she's taken a powerful sleeping potion that makes it look as if she's dead. But the grief-stricken Paris doesn't know this, and so he has come to pay his respects to the young lady who was to have been his bride, according to Juliet's father's wishes.

Not long after Paris enters the Capulet tomb, Romeo unexpectedly shows up. He too has been informed that Juliet is dead. Understandably distraught at the news, he wants to be by the side of his beloved one last time. Of course, Paris doesn't know any of this. So when he sees Romeo, a member of the rival Montague family, entering the Capulet family tomb, he automatically assumes that Romeo is intent on desecrating a Capulet corpse, perhaps Juliet's or maybe even that of Tybalt, the man Romeo killed in a duel.

Emerging from the shadows, an angry Paris confronts Romeo. But Romeo's in no mood for confrontation and pleads with Paris to let him leave. However, Paris does not accede to Romeo's request, and so, inevitably, the two young men get into a fight, in which Romeo kills Paris. As Paris lies dying, he asks to be laid near to Juliet's body. Romeo gracefully accedes to his dying wish.

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