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Romeo and Juliet have married secretly and Romeo has been banished to Mantua after the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio. The Capulets are in mourning for Tybalt but lord Capulet finally agrees to the request from Paris to go ahead with the marriage to Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet have married secretly and Romeo has been banished to Mantua after the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio. The Capulets are in mourning for Tybalt but lord Capulet finally agrees to the request from Paris to go ahead with the marriage to Juliet as soon as possible. Shortly after Romeo has left Juliet's bed she is brought the news of the date of her marriage to Paris. In 16th century Europe arranged marriages were very common within aristocratic households. Parents found suitable partners for their children based on family status. Fathers would try and find a suitable partner who would bring wealth and a good name to the family. Marrying into family heritage also improved the status or reputation on a family. Paris wanted to marry Juliet because she was young and he wanted an heir to his estate, which at was important as only males could inherit. ...read more.

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but she' and is trying to tell him that Juliet is the only child he has left and he wants to be sure that she is happy and she wont come to any harm. Paris can see that Capulet is having different feelings now towards him and tries his best to win over Juliet's hand in marriage. We can see he's interested in children as he says to Capulet 'younger than she are happy mothers made' which is basically saying that younger girls have had children and are really happy. This is trying to persuade Capulet that Juliet is at the right age for marriage and he's keen to have heirs to the family fortune. Juliet's mother suggests that Paris is not the best looking man in Verona. ...read more.

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She is thinking along the same lines as Paris- that Juliet is old enough now to be having children. Juliet however, is not thinking of marriage, and shows this bluntly when asked about it- "It is an honour that I dream not of." But she tries to seem cooperative by vaguely saying at the end of the conversation, "I'll look to like, if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endard mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly." This shows that she isn't going to give in to her mother easily, but doesn't want to start an argument at the moment and wants to appear as the obedient daughter, and not, as the feisty young girl who has secretly married one of the children of the rival family in Verona. ...read more.

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