Masterful Foils in Shakespeare´s Romeo and Juliet

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Without the masterful foils, <Romeo and Juliet> would not be the archetype of love tragedy. Among all the character’s foils, foils between Romeo and Paris is not as obvious as foils between Benvolio and Mercuitio or between the nurse and Lady Capulet, but they are the linchpins of the whole play, reflect why and how does Juliet choose Romeo over Paris. Foils between Romeo and Paris are shown as their attitude toward courtship, which Paris formally asks Capulet for Juliet’s hand but Romeo’s secretive about his forbidden plan; their languages, which Paris is wooden and stilted- laced and Romeo is articulate and good at using cajolery; their responses gotten from Juliet, which Juliet loves Romeo so much but treats Paris with apathy. In their courtship toward Juliet, Paris, the sympathetic and conventional pragmatist, formally asks Capulet for Juliet’s hand, and his courtship is accepted and Capulet appreciates him; Romeo, a passionate pursuer, his love for Juliet is forbidden, and his secretive about the courtship. For instance, in 1.2, Paris makes a neutral, polite comment, then jumps to his request – Juliet, he asks, "But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?" (1.2.6), readers may notice that in every step of Paris plan, he decides to ask Juliet’s father for permission and follows what Capulet says rather than unburden his love to Juliet directly; While Romeo is opposite of Paris, since he is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, his love toward Juliet is unpermitted by

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