What is the main internal conflict of the balcony scene in "Romeo and Juliet"?
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The main internal conflict present in the balcony scene is that Juliet struggles with the fact that she is a Capulet and the boy that she loves (Romeo) is a Montague. From the first time that Juliet appears on her balcony, this conflict is evident. Juliet says,
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
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." (A. 2, s. 2, l. 35-39)
Here, Juliet is asking why Romeo has to be a Montague and that if the conditions require it, she will renounce her name in order to be with Romeo. This theme is prevalent throughout the act in many of the lines that Juliet delivers.
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