Juliet (external conflict)

People should stand up for themselves and their opinions.


In the play "Romeo and Juliet", the female main character, Juliet, is faced with much conflicts against herself as well as her views. Many people conflict her, including but not limited to, her parents, the Prince Paris, and the Nurse. The main overlying theme of the play is (in my opinion) "People should stand up for themselves and their opinions."

Example One: Her parents

Juliet is extremely conflicted with her parents over marriage to the Prince Paris. This is evident in the script when Juliet says "It is an honour that I dream not of." (Shakespeare [act 1]) to her mother when she confronts Juliet about Paris seeking Juliet's hand in marriage. This supports the theme of people standing up for themselves and their opinions because Juliet (up until she met Romeo) did not want to marry. She was standing up for her belief and opinion that marriage was not for her.

Example Two: Paris

Paris is the suitor that seeks Juliet's hand in the play "Romeo and Juliet". Juliet makes it obvious throughout the play that she does not want to marry Paris by any means, but her parents force it upon her to the point of her faking death. She makes it again quite clear that she wishes not to marry Paris when she says "Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride." She is even more strongly defending herself and her view on marriage (mainly because she's already married).

Example Numero Tres: The Nurse

The nurse, although at first helps Juliet in her marriage to Romeo, eventually changes after Romeo kills Tybalt. She begins to side with Juliet's parents on the issue of marrying Paris, mainly because she was angry at Romeo for killing Tybalt. You can see her begin to take sides when she says, "There's no trust, No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers. Ah, where's my man? give me some aqua vitae: These griefs, these woes, these sorrows make me old. Shame come to Romeo!" She is obviously angry with Romeo when she goes on a feminist rant about men being such vile creatures. This relates back to the theme because without the nurse, Juliet feels like she has nobody, and has to stand up to her parents on her own

Conclusion/Support to theme

"People should stand up for themselves and their opinions", that was the theme for this flyer, or website, thingy..... whatever. This applies to Juliet more than any other because even her own father was in conflict with her about marriage to a man whom she did not wish to marry. For one last example, Juliet's father said this to her regarding the issue with Paris: "Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Her own father was going to disown her if she did not consent to marry Paris (which, by the way, was only going to happen to get money for the family).