What do Paris's actions in this act reveal about him?
They show that, one way or another, he truly loved Juliet. He may have been insensitive to her feelings, desires, and perspective, but his grief is real. He fights Romeo because he genuinely believes that his actions—killing Tybalt—caused Juliet's death, and he wants to protect her grave even at risk to himself.
Could any characters have acted differently in this act to avoid tragedy?
Students may differ on this. Many will stay that circumstances could have been different ("If Friar Laurence had gotten there sooner …"), but push them to think about choices. Perhaps Friar Laurence could have...
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