Juliet External Conflict

People should obey their superiors

Act III, Scene V

In the latter sections of this scene, Lord Capulet is told that Juliet does not want to marry Paris. Capulet gets very upset, as you can see in the following: "'Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell thee what- get thee to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face'" (1068, 180-183). Disobeying people makes them upset, and in this case of Juliet and her father, Lord Capulet could do terrible things to her for disobeying. Marrying Paris may not be in Juliet's best interest, but it is best for her family situation.

Act IV, Scene II

Later, after Juliet plans her fake death with Friar Lawrence, Juliet consents to marrying Paris. She tells her father this, and his reaction is surprisingly pleasant for his commanding and forceful personality. "'Why, I am glad on't. This is well. Stand up. This is as't should be'" (1077, 30-31). Even though Juliet does not want to marry Paris, the fact that she consented to it made her father very happy.

Act V, Scene III

When Juliet rejected her father's orders, Juliet rejected a good life full of wealth and happiness. Striving for something you cannot have is not healthy, and will almost always lead to a bad outcome. Juliet disobeyed her father and tried to be with Romeo, and of course, the plan ended up like this: "'For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet, and her Romeo'" (1102, 334-335). There would not have been any woe if Juliet would have obeyed in the first place.

Act I, Scene III

Now, I get to what should have happened. Juliet should have listened to her mother when they were talking about marrying Paris. Her mother said, "'So shall you share all that he doth possess, by having him, making yourself no less'" (1008, 102-103). Lady Capulet is explaining that Juliet's live will be good, and she will be no less of a woman. Which is completely true at this point in the story. But, by not listening to her parents, and letting her eyes stray to other men, Juliet fell in love with Romeo, who she then found out was a Montague. So, she lied to her parents, refused Paris, scorned her father, and utterly destroyed her relations with her family. She tried to reach something she could not have, when marrying Paris would have made her life better.
Peter Dyreng


Adv. English I

December 10th, 2014