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Explore how the two feelings of love & duty conflict with Juliet.

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´╗┐Romeo & Juliet Explore how the two feelings of love & duty conflict with Juliet In this essay I will be exploring Shakespeare?s famous play ?Romeo and Juliet?. Shakespeare uses the character Juliet to reflect how the 2 feelings of love and duty conflict. Romeo and Juliet are two characters who fall in love in spite of everything and get married secretly, without the agreement of any of the adults. I will be concentrating on act 1 scene 5, act 2 scene 2, act 3 scene 2 and act 3 scene 5, to analyse how Juliet?s conflicting feelings of love and duty interfere with their wish of being together resulting in them rebelling against her family causing Juliet to be confused about what to do. In act 1 scene 5 Juliet meets with Romeo for the first time and she instantly falls for him, without any knowledge on who he is. Juliet falls deeply in love with Romeo and desperately desires to be his ?bride.? this is reflected through the quote ?my grave is like to be my wedding bed.? this simile emphasis the fact that Juliet holds great affection for Romeo and would be devastated without him. The words ?grave? suggests death in-comparison to ?wedding -bed? which should be a place of new beginnings with the person that you love. By using these two contrasting images, Shakespeare is suggesting that Juliet will die before she marries any other man but Romeo. ...read more.

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Just as language is ambiguous, so are value judgments. As the Friar reminds us, "virtue itself turns vice being misapplied? and ?vice sometimes by action dignified." Within a flower, for example lies both poison and medicine. Similarly, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are tragic but also bring new life to Verona. The Friar's own role in the play contains this ambiguity. Although he tries to help the lovers, his actions lead to their suffering. Shakespeare's message is that nothing is purely good or evil; everything contains elements of both. I think Shakespeare explores how much of Romeo and Juliet involves the lovers? struggles against public and social institutions that oppose the existence of their love which causes Juliet a conflict of feelings. Such structures range from the concrete to the abstract: families and the placement of familial power in the father; desire, social importance placed on masculine honour. These institutions often come into conflict with love. As these institutions represent obstacles for Romeo and Juliet. The enmity between their families, coupled with the emphasis placed on loyalty and honour to kin, combine to create a profound conflict for Romeo and Juliet in their love life, who must rebel against their heritages. Further, the patriarchal power structure inherent in Renaissance families, wherein the father controls the action of all other family members, particularly women, places Juliet in an extremely vulnerable position. Her heart, in her family?s mind, is not hers to give. ...read more.

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This insecurity is evident when she says, ?if thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.? This illustrates Juliet?s lack of trust in Romeo?s love for her as she does not know what to do. She needs to be able to trust him confidentially but doesn?t have total trust at this stage of their relationship, which shows she is confused. In-addition this shows that she is doubtful and wants to be assured before she takes any action this shows she is acknowledges her duty towards her family by recognising that he is the enemy and he could be playing her. Also it shows that she understands what she is giving up being with Romeo, as she wants reassurance. Despite all the hesitation, Romeo still holds the most value to Juliet; Shakespeare uses the personification ?be fickle fortune,? to get across this. The word ?fickle? shows how Juliet believes destiny is pathetic, silly. Therefore showing that Juliet is almost cursing destiny for putting her in this sort of situation where she has to choose between love and duty. Furthermore Juliet believes Romeo is her destiny, as in the Shakespearian era everybody believed in fate and that everything happened for a reason. However the phrase ?fickle fortune,? signifies how Juliet is not concerned about what other people think, this shows she is revolting against the whole society-Juliet is willing to face the whole society to be with Romeo. At this point Shakespeare demonstrates how lovers at this time had to face so many complications in order to achieve something in love. ...read more.

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