Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, Scene 3

At the Capulet’s house, just before the party is about to begin, Lady Capulet asks for the Nurse as she needs to find her daughter. When Juliet enters, she asks the nurse to stay to offer her advice on the matter at hand.

Lady Capulet asks Juliet what she thinks about getting married. She replies that she hasn’t given it much thought. Her mother tells her that she was giving birth at her age and that the time has come for her to consider marriage. She tells her that the ‘valiant’ Paris is interested in marrying her and Juliet agrees to look upon him to see if she might love him. We see in this scene that Juliet is very agreeable in relation to advice from her parents.


  1. Why has Lady Capulet asked to speak to Juliet?
  2. What is Juliet’s response to Lady Capulet’s enquiry about marriage?
  3. What age did Lady Capulet have a child?
  4. How do Lady Capulet and the nurse describe Paris? What does this show you about the world they live in?
  5. How does Juliet respond to the notion of marrying Paris?
  6. Would you have liked to live in the world of the play? Explain why/why not.
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