Romeo and Juliet inner struggles
Influenced the inner struggles of In the tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare presents the inner struggles of Romeo and Juliet, the two protagonists as one of the main themes. This is clearly shown at the end of Act 3 Scene 2 when Juliet receives the news that Romeo has been banished and Tybalt has been killed. Juliet is distraught at the conflict of her loyalties. Should she express love for her family or should she express love for Romeo? By using many different language features, such as oxymorons, paradox, antithesis and dramatic irony, Shakespeare effectively displays Juliet's conflicting emotions. Later in the play, Shakespeare uses the betrayal by adults to again show the inner struggles of Romeo and Juliet.
In this passage from Act 3 Scene 2, Juliet waits for Romeo to come to her on their wedding night. She urges Romeo to “gallop apace” so that that night would come and bring him to her. Here, dramatic irony is used by Shakespeare to imply that although Juliet is still waiting for Romeo's arrival, the reader knows that Romeo has killed Tybalt and has been banished from Verona. After this, Juliet receives the news from the Nurse about Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment. Shakespeare uses animal imagery and oxymorons to show Juliet's constant juggling between the two sides of her beloved, the side of her husband of 3 hours and the side of a cousin that she has known for her whole life. The passage shows that though Juliet is distraught at the conflict of her loyalties, Juliet turns on the nurse when she tries to comfort her by criticising Romeo. Juliet's doting nurse questions her intentions after Juliet uses an extended metaphor “For 'tis a throne where honour may be crown'd / Sole monarch of the universal earth” to signify the importance of Romeo to her. “But” a sudden alteration of opinions is shown by Juliet “wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin? / That villain cousin would have kill'd my husband” (3:2). This reflects the internal conflict of Juliet.
Love, in 'Romeo and Juliet' has its own importance in the theme of inner struggle between the two protagonists, Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is torn between staying loyal to her family and therefore obeying her parents to marry Paris or staying married to an enemy, Romeo, “My husband lives, that Tybalt has slain; / And Tybalt's dad, that would have slain my husband: / All this is comfort; wherefore weep I then?” (3:2). On the other hand, Romeo has his struggles too. He juggles between the idea of banishment from Verona and not being able to see his beloved Juliet again and that of death, “Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say 'death'.” (3:3). The secret marriage between Romeo and Juliet is also one of the outcomes due to love. It is because of love that Juliet risked her parents' disapproval to not marry Paris and Romeo risked the danger of being killed by Capulet's kinsmen to go to see her. Yet again, this shows...