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Summary Act I Scene ii Paris asks Capulet for his daughter Juliets hand in marriage Capulet replies that she is still too young to be married but nevertheless invites Paris to try to woo her at a banquet he is holding that night He gives a servant a list of guests and tells him to take an invitation to each of them The servant is illiterate and so goes about trying to find someone to read the list for him He runs into Romeo and Benvolio who are still discussing Romeos unrequited love The servant gets Romeo to read the guest list for him and then tells him about the banquet Benvolio convinces Romeo to go along with him to the banquet to compare the other beautiful women there with the one he is pining for Rosaline a niece of Capulet Act I Scene iii Lady Capulet Juliet and the Nurse talk about the possibility of Juliet being married to Paris Lady Capulet encourages Juliet to consider him as a potential husband when she sees him at the banquet The Nurse is completely taken with the idea but Juliet is not especially enthusiastic Commentary These two scenes introduce Paris as Capulets pick for Juliets husband and more broadly establish the theme of parental influence over a childs happiness In the last scene it was shown how the hatred Capulet and Montague bear for each other flows down to affect the rest of their households and results in violent conflict but here the influence is more subtle and mundane Paris is a nobleman and a worthy choice to be Juliets husband there is no reason why she should not want to marry him Capulet himself defers to her ability to choose for herself My will to her consent is but a part but his power to force her into
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