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In "Romeo and Juliet", why does Capulet suddenly decide to accept Paris's offer? In Act 1, Capulet was not eager to see Juliet married.

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No, you're absolutely right: in Act 1, he gives Paris the clear information that Juliet isn't ready for marriage:

My child is yet a stranger in the world,
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years;
Let two more summers wither in their pride
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.

And then, a little later, Capulet tells him about the party and makes two further arguments:

But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart;
My will to her consent is but a part.
An she agree, within her scope of choice
Lies my consent and fair according voice.
This night I hold an old accustom'd feast,
Whereto I have invited many a guest,
Such as I love; and you among the store,
One more, most welcome, makes my number more.
At my poor house look to behold this night
Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light.
                                         ...Hear all, all see,
And like her most whose merit most shall be;
Which, amongst view of many, mine, being one,

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hsbc135 | Student

Capulet eagerly accepted Paris' offer because Juliet didn't wnat to marry.Capulet didnt want Juliet to chane her mind again


sti564 | Student

Capulet suddenly decides to accpet Paris' offer because he doesn't want Juliet to be upset about Tybalt's death. This is an opportunity to make her happy. But he does not want to invite many people because he doesn't want people thinking that they forgot about Tybalt so soon.