Juliet: External Conflict

People should find a love they can be with.

Ac 1 Scene 5

When Juliet is about to kiss Romeo she says, "Then have my lips the sin that they have took...." But after, when Romeo is talking to the nurse he says, "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt" (Shakespeare 1016). These quotes show that Juliet loves Romeo but this is a problem because Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet and they are enemies.

Act 2 Scene 2

Juliet explains to Romeo to, "Deny thy father and refuse thy name! Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet" (Shakespeare 1023). Juliet loves Romeo so much that she is willing to do anything for him. Even marry him and be a Montague even though she is a Capulet.

Act 3 Scene 2

When the nurse tells Juliet Romeo is banished she says, "Romeo is banished. Romeo that killed him-- he is banished.... Juliet: Oh, that deceit should dwell in such a gorgeous palace!" (Shakespeare 1053). Romeo killed Tybalt (a Capulet) causing him to be banished and not be with Juliet. Juliet is upset that Romeo would do such a thing and that now she can't be with him.

Theme Act 5 Scene 3

Juliet says, when she is about to kill herself, "Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger. This is thy sheath. There rust and let me die" (Shakespeare 1097). Juliet shows that she loves Romeo so much that she would rather die than not be with him. So she kills herself.

Hannah Hornbeck

Hannah Hornbeck


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10 December 2014