Two Diverse Roads
February 21, 2017
Two Diverse Roads
Juliet is like a bird in a cage. She wants to be free and go where she wants, but her parents are the cage holding her back, and making her decisions for her. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet wants to be with Romeo, but he is not someone she should be with, and her parents want her to be with someone else. This is a really big metaphor in the story because it changes a lot and really relates to her character. Juliet just wants to be happy and she has to become independent to get what she wants. She is a dynamic character, because her feelings and the way she acts changes throughout the play she is confused. She has to be independent, and she becomes selfish, but finds away around it.
In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is one of the main characters and she is confused and has to be independent with her decisions. During this whole story she has fallen in love with Romeo who is supposed to be her enemy. In the beginning of the story there is a party and that is when Romeo and Juliet first meet. As soon as they met they fell in love and Juliet didn’t find out who Romeo actually was until after they met. This quote is when Juliet realizes that she is starting to have feelings for Romeo but they aren’t good because his family is the enemy. “My only love sprung from my only hate! Prodigious birth of love is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy” (1.5.3–39). This is irony but also paradox because, Juliet goes there to meet someone who her parents want her to fall in love with; really she ends up going and actually falling in love with the one person she’s not supposed to be with. Later on in this story, Juliet starts to have bigger feelings for Romeo and she is seeing him secretly. Throughout the whole story Juliet’s parents want Juliet to marry Count Paris and not anyone else. Her parents believe that she will do what they say. An example is in this quote when Lord Capulet is talking to Count Paris. “Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender of my child’s love. I think she will be ruled in all respects by me.” (3.4.13–14). In this quote Lord Capulet, Juliet’s father is trying to arrange the marriage with Count Paris but he does not know that she is already married to Romeo and that she wants nothing to do with Count Paris. During this whole story Juliet is going behind her parents back wanting to be with Romeo and this is such a big deal because he is from the other family.
Although Juliet seems sweet, caring and loving, in some ways she is also selfish in the story. There are a couple of examples where Juliet comes across as selfish. One example is when Juliet’s parents want her to marry Count Paris but she goes secretly and marries Romeo. Then towards the end she agrees to marry Paris when really she wants to fake her death so that she can get out of the marriage. She isn’t even putting Count Paris’s feeling into consideration. Another example where she is self-centered is when she her cousin Tybalt dies and she tells everyone that she’s upset about the death of her cousin, but really she is just upset that she can’t be with Romeo. Her love for Romeo was more important than the love for her own cousin as shown in this quote, “back, foolish tears back your negative spring. Your tributary drops belong to woe, which you mistaking offer up to joy. My husband lives that Tybalt would have slain and Tybalt’s dead.”(3.2.104–109). This is dramatic irony she is acting like she is crying over Tybalt but everyone else accept for her parents know she is crying about Romeo. She is talking about how relieved she is that Romeo is fine, she worries more about him even though they just met and Tybalt is her cousin who she has known her entire life. This is another quote from Juliet talking to her mother saying, “yet let me weep for such a feeling loss feeling so the loss cannot choose but ever weep the friend.” (3.5.74–76) Overall I believe that there were some parts in the story where Juliet was selfish.
Juliet cared a lot for Romeo, she lied to her parents and sacrificed herself just so that she could be with her love Romeo. The nurse and Friar Lawrence are the only ones who know about the relationship of Romeo and Juliet. The nurse goes to tell Juliet the news about the death of her cousin Tybalt and Juliet acts like she now hates Romeo and wants nothing to do with him. “Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st. A damned saint, an honorable villain.” (3.2.83–84). Juliet is trying to cover up because she doesn’t want to admit that even though Romeo has committed this terrible crime, she still loves him. In the end of the play Juliet wakes up from her “death” and sees that Romeo is dead. She doesn’t know what to do. She just wants to be with Romeo so, Juliet ends up killing herself because she feels like if Romeo isn’t alive there is no point in living. “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.” (5.3.182–183). Before Juliet kills herself she doesn’t think of her family, she doesn’t think about Count Paris, the only person who is on her mind is Romeo.
Some of these actions might come across as careless to some people because, she isn’t taking into consideration what her family will think or how upset they will be. Overall all of these actions that Juliet does are revolved around love and how committed she is to her relationship with Romeo. Juliet wants to find love and she finds her way around the obstacles and does anything she can to be with Romeo. She had to deal with most of the problems she faced on her own, but this is what helped her build as a character. In the end Juliet is no longer a bird stuck in a cage, she has freed herself from the cage. The way she does this might not be the best way but she does, she will do anything to be with the person she really cares about.