Juliet: External Conflict



Juliet falls in love with her arch enemy, Romeo, and she must take risks to be happy. She will even go to the lengths of faking her own death to be with Romeo. The overall idea we can take away from this play is people should do what makes them happy. Juliet shows her devotion to being happy when she refuses to marry Paris, she comes up with a plan to be with Romeo, still loves Romeo even after she finds out he is a Montague, and even when the nurse says she disagrees with Juliet choice to marry Romeo.

Act 3, Scene 5

Juliet expresses how she feels about Paris, "He shall not make me a joyful bride!" (p. 1067 lines 132.) Juliet is speaking to her mother, Lady Capulet, about her marrying Paris. She is saying she does not want to marry Paris, that she won't be happy with Paris, and even more without Romeo.

In modern day this could be shown when friends set up their friends on blind dates, nether person knows the other, this can be related to what is happening with Juliet. She doesn't know Paris, but is being forced to marry him.

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Act 4, Scene 1

Juliet seeks for a solution, "I long to die if what thou speakst not of remedy. Hold, daughter, I do spy a kind of hope." (1074 lines 73-76.) Juliet is speaking to Friar Lawrence about how Romeo is banished from Verrona. Juliet believes there is no other option for happiness, but killing herself. Friar Lawrence comes up with another way, one where Juliet and Romeo can both be happy and be together.
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Act 1, scene 5

Juliet finds out her loves name, "His name is Romeo... my only love, sprung from my only hate!.. What's this? What's this?" (p. 1018 lines. 152-158) Juliet and the Nurse are talking about Juliet's interest in her sworn enemy, Romeo Montague. Juliet expresses that she loves Romeo, and when she was with him at the party she was happy. She still does even though they are arch enemies. Juliet takes a lot of risks to be happy, she hid that she was married from her parents and even went to the lengths of faking her own death.

In this part of the play the audience sees that Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers. Many movies have main characters that fit the role of star crossed lovers, one example is The Hunger Games. Peeta and Katniss are being forced to fight to the death, and only one of them can survive.

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Act 2, Scene 5

Juliet is curious to get an answer from the Nurse "Let me be satisfied, isn't good or bad? Well, you have made a simple, choice, you know not how to choose a man. Romeo?" (p. 1039 lines. 40-42) Juliet is speaking to the Nurse to find out if she will marry Romeo or not. Before the Nurse gives Juliet the answer she explains that she thinks Juliet is making a foolish choice, in going behind her parents backs to marry someone Juliet knows her parents would not approve of. Despite the Nurses feelings Juliet does what will make her joyful and marries Romeo.

Many parents want what is best for their children. When kids bring a boyfriend or girlfriend home, the parents might not agree with their decision to be in a relationship with that specific person. Juliet is hiding the fact that she will marry Romeo from her parents because she is afraid they might disagree or try and stop her. Juliet believes that there is no other way for her to happy.

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In the tragic end, Romeo kills himself because he believes Juliet actually died (when she really only faked her death to be with him) and when Juliet wakes up she sees Romeo. She feels like she can't live without him so she uses his dagger to stab herself and end her own life (she is really dead now). This may have been a tragic ending, but these two people did everything they could to be happy and together. The truth is they were most happy together, therefor the overall idea or them of this play is people should do what make them the happiest.
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