Juliet Capulet (External Conflict)

Meaningless feuds can be deadly for everyone involved.

Act 1, Scene 5

Juliet speaks to Nurse during the party and asks who Romeo is because they met, but she didn't end up learning his name. When she finds out he is a Montague, she laments, "'My only love, sprung from my only hate!....I must love a loathed enemy'" (p. 1018 lines 154 - 157). Juliet is devastated when she finds out her true love is the son of her family's enemy.

Act 2, Scene 2

When Romeo confronts Juliet on her balcony after the party, she asks him if he loves her back, saying "'They say Jove laughs. O Gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully" (p. 1025, lines 102 - 103). Juliet wants to make sure Romeo is really into this relationship for the long run as well, because she knows how bad things could get if people (specifically their families) found out they were in a relationship.

Act 4, Scene 3

After Friar Laurence gives her the sleeping potion, Juliet goes home and tells her parents she will marry Paris after all, causing Lord Capulet to move the wedding up a day. Becoming desperate after Romeo's banishment, she drinks the potion anyway, saying, "'Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee'" (p. 1079 line 60) before she falls into her deathlike coma to escape a second marriage to someone she does not love.

Meaningless feuds can be deadly for everyone involved.

Act 5, Scene 3

In the tomb, after Romeo kills Paris and then kills himself for Juliet, she awakens and resists Friar Laurence's attempt to take her away from there. After he leaves, Juliet talks about her love for Romeo, deciding to stab herself with his dagger after saying, "'Yeah noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger!...there rust, and let me die" (p. 1097 lines 182 - 183). Not only did Romeo and Juliet both kill themselves over the feud (to try and keep their relationship secret), but Paris, Mercutio, Tybalt, and Lady Montague ended up dying as well from sword fights and grief. If the Montagues and Capulets had tried to settle their differences and come to friendly terms, then nobody would have had to die (except maybe Paris, from old age.)