Paris and The Prince

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  • Paris, Prince and Others
    • Personality
      • Paris wants to marry Juliet
        • Paris is a rich and influential nobleman related to the Prince who rules Verona
        • He hides his emotions instead of letting them control him like Romeo does
        • When he dies he asks to be laid in the tomb next to Juliet, which suggests his love for her was genuine
      • The Prince is the police chief, judge and jury
        • The Prince rules Verona so he turns up whenever fights break out
        • He decides who gets punished and how
        • His role in the play is to be the one with authority - he speaks in really formal poetry to make him sound posh and powerful
      • There are the servants too
        • Balthasar is Romeo's servant and Peter is the Capulet's servant
        • There are lots of other characters such as musicians and towns people - just focus on the main characters
    • Themes
      • Love - Paris is Romeo's rival for Juliet's love
        • He represents a different, more conventional type of love - asking Juliet's father was considered more polite at the time
        • Romeo by comparison seems more passionate and wild - he kills Paris outside the Capulet tomb
      • Conflict - The Prince can't escape the feud even though he's quite powerful - Both his relatives Paris and Mercutio die too
        • His role in the play is to be the one with authority - he speaks in really formal poetry to make him sound posh and powerful
    • Quotes
      • "Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace" Act 1 Scene 1
        • From the very beginning of the play we can see that the Prince is the ultimate power in Verona - what he says goes
        • The Prince rules Verona so he turns up whenever fights break out
      • "Younger than she are happy mothers made" Act 1 Scene 2
        • Paris has very traditional views towards marriage which adds to his representation of more conventional love
          • He represents a different, more conventional type of love - asking Juliet's father was considered more polite at the time

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