Romeo and Juliet


William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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At the Capulet manor, Capulet laments to Paris that in the midst of all the chaos surrounding Tybalt’s death, there has been no time to “move” Juliet to happy thoughts of marrying Paris. Paris assures Capulet and Lady Capulet that he understands. Lady Capulet promises Paris that, in the morning, she’ll talk to Juliet about the marriage. Capulet insists Juliet will listen to her parents—today is Monday, and he promises Paris that the two of them will be married by Thursday—the earliest their family could possibly be excused for abandoning their grief over Tybalt and enjoying the festivities of a wedding. Paris says he wishes that tomorrow was Thursday. Capulet tells his wife to go visit Juliet on her way up to bed and get her ready for a wedding—it will take place as soon as possible.
In this brief scene, the Capulets scheme behind their daughter’s back to marry Juliet off to Paris. Paris is somewhat hapless—he does really seem to like Juliet and earnestly want to marry her. He is seemingly unaware of the Capulets’ baser instincts and desire for their own social advancement, believing only that they are supportive of his and Juliet’s burgeoning love.
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