Juliet: External conflict

People should make logical decisions.

Act 1 Scene 5

Juliet is speaking to herself after she discovers who the man she just fell in love with was Romeo from the Nurse. She thinks to herself, "'My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!'"(1018). Juliet's conflict is that Romeo is a Montague, her enemy, but she fell in love with him before she knew who he was. This develops a theme of people should make logical decisions because if Juliet would have first asked who he was before they kissed and fell in love she could have avoided even falling in love in the first place and having this conflict.

Act 2 Scene 2

After Romeo confesses his love for Juliet and proves that he is truthful she reveals how she feels about him. Saying to Romeo, "'I'll lay all my fortunes at your feet and follow you, my lord, all over the world'"(1026). This also relates to the theme because she was so quick to believe him and then suggests marriage when they had only just met the other day. She doesn't even know if she can trust what he says, but she does anyway. If she would have slowed down and thought about it they could have figured a way to be together without hurting their families.

Act 4 Scene 1

Another one of Juliet's conflicts is that her father is forcing her to marry Paris, a man she does not love, at the same time being already wed to Romeo. When she runs to the Friar for help Paris addresses her,"'Happily met, my lady and my wife!'"(1073). Her parents are forcing her to marry Paris after Tybalt was killed by Romeo because they think it will help with her depression. Juliet doesn't think clearly and tells the Friar that she will kill herself if she has to marry Paris which relates to the theme.

Act 5 Scene 3

Juliet's final and biggest external conflict is when she awakes in her family tomb to see Romeo is dead on the floor. Seeing the vile in his hand she says, "'Poison, I see, hath been him timeless end'"(1097). Romeo never got the message from Friar Laurence of the plan to make Juliet seem dead, so when he sees her he decides that he can't live without her and decides to kill himself. The theme is tied with Romeo because if he would have been thinking clearly he would have seen that if Juliet had color in her cheeks and looked the same, she wasn't dead. But, he didn't make a logical decision and just decided to kill himself. Didn't even wait to see if she would miraculously wake up.
Brittany Walkingstick

Urbina Adv. English 1

10 December 2014