Romeo External Conflict

By: Brett Felz

People should never give up on something that they want that seems impossible.

Act 1, Scene 5

Romeo is worried about his new love. "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt"(Shakespeare p.1016 lines 131-132). Romeo has just met Juliet for the first time. When Juliet is called away by her mother, Romeo asks the nurse a question. He asks her who Juliet's mother is, and the nurse tells him that she is Lady Capulet. Romeo is frightened because his new love is his family rivals daughter.

Act 2, Scene 2

People will do anything for love. "She speaks. O, speak again, bright angel! For thou art as glorious to this night" (p.1023 lines 27-29). Romeo and Juliet are from rival families and they are not supposed to be seeing each other. Romeo is in love with Juliet and needs to see her. He sneaks away from his friends and goes to Juliet's house and sit in the trees to wait for her to come outside. When she does, they have a conversation on the balcony about love and what they should do with their crazy passion for each other.
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Act 4, Scene 1

Friar Laurence will always help out Romeo and never abandon him. "When presently through all thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humor; for no pulse" (p.1075 lines 105-106). Romeo slayed Tybalt out of revenge for what he did to Mercutio. Now if anyone finds Romeo, they will kill him. Romeo and Juliet need a plan to escape so they can be together. Friar Laurence came up with a great plan that failed to work. His plan was to give Juliet a potion that put her to sleep for 42 hours so everyone would think she is dead. When they take her to the family grave, Romeo will sneak in there when she wakes and they can escape together and start a new life. The plan does not work because Friar John could not deliver the message to Romeo telling him about the plan due to travel issues. Romeo ends up going to the grave and drinking poison so he can die with Juliet. When Romeo is dead, Juliet awakes and sees her dead love and stabs herself with Romeo's dagger.
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Act 5, Scene 3

Lovers will do anything. " Here's to my love! O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss i die" (p.1096 lines 122-123). Romeo was always loyal to Juliet. When he found her in the grave dead he knew he just wanted to be with her. Romeo killed himself for Juliet so they could be forever united. Romeo did not know that Juliet was in fact still alive. She woke and saw Romeo dead and stabbed herself with his dagger. This really shows what true love is.
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