Juliet's Internal Conflict

People should follow their true hearts desire.

Romeo and Juliet - Theme

Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearean tragedy in the form of a play. The play is about two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montegues, that don't like each other at all. However, at a party Juliet, a Capulet, is throwing, Romeo, a Montegue, instantly falls in love with Juliet, not knowing she is of the opposing family. Juliet and Romeo, even though being of opposing families are in love and will do what ever it takes to be with each other, developing the theme that people should follow their true hearts desire. Having a conflicting family causes Romeo and Juliet to not be together very often; however, Romeo and Juliet both go through their own kind conflict to follow their heart.

Juliet's Internal Conflict

Act 2, Scene 6

At Romeo and Juliet's marriage Juliet states, "But my true love is grown to such excess." (1042, l. 35) Juliet is deciding to marry Romeo, even though it is against their families beliefs. Juliet loves Romeo and marries him, because she is following her true hearts desire, even though her mom and dad want otherwise. This scenario causes a huge risk for Romeo and Juliet because if their families were to find out they could be killed. For example one might follow their heart to become a famous athlete however, there are many risk such as getting hurt or someone that is better than you and you get cut, but you are willing to take the risk to follow your heart's desire.
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Act 4, Scene 1

After Romeo has run away to stay alive, Juliet is in anguish for she loves Romeo and wants him back, she is even willing to commit suicide if she isn't living a life with Romeo. Friar hears that Juliet is willing to commit suicide so he says, " That copest with death himself to escape from it; And if though dearest, I'll give thee remedy." (1074, l. 83-84) Friar is saying that if Juliet is willing to die for Romeo she might as well try a potion and just sleep and when she wakes up she will be with Romeo. If Juliet dies she definitely won't be with her hearts desire, Romeo. This situation is like when one is willing to die for their children or someone they really love or admire. This selflessness shows that her true hearts desire is so important to her that she is willing to die than be without Romeo.
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Act 3, Scene 5

After Juliet found out that Romeo killed Tybalt she asks herself, " With Romeo till I behold him-dead-Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed." (1066, l. 106-107) Juliet is wondering why she married a murderer and wonders why she loves him in the first place. Though Romeo killed Tybalt Juliet still loves him. She is saying that anything Romeo does will not cause her to love him any less showing that she has found the person she will live life with forever. This incident can be coincided if someone you love deeply has done something wrong, even though they did something wrong one might be angry however one will find forgiveness and continue to love them.
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Act 1, Scene 6

Juliet has sent the nurse to go find out what Romeo has said and as soon as she returns Juliet asks, "O God, she comes! O honey nurse, what news?" (1038, l. 18) Juliet has become a nervous wreck wondering about what Romeo is thinking or doing. Even though they met a few days ago she loves him. Even though Romeo and Juliet must talk in secret, she will do it because she has found her true hearts desire, which is her beloved Romeo. While Juliet might have just met Romeo they have a passion toward one another and will go to the ends of the earth just to talk, till they find a way to stay with one another.
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