Homework Help

What is the main internal conflict of the balcony scene in "Romeo and Juliet"?  

user profile pic

hayrip2 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2009 at 5:36 AM via web

dislike 2 like

What is the main internal conflict of the balcony scene in "Romeo and Juliet"?

 

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 5, 2009 at 6:10 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 2 like

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. 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes