What is Juliet's purpose in using a confession to deceive her parents in Act 3, Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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An instance in which Juliet deceives her parents through a confession in Act 3, Scene 5 can be seen in her lines, "I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear / It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate" (124-25). One reason why Shakespeare may have chosen to have Juliet speak these lines is to show that Juliet is not really deceptive by nature. She had no desire to displease her parents yet found herself in a situation in which she had to choose between her own desires and her parents' desires. Juliet was faced with this decision the moment she met Romeo and allowed her own desires to override her duties to her parents. She knew her parents would be horrified to learn she had fallen in love with the enemy's son, but she felt she had to value her own interests above her parents' concerns. Be that as it may, she is generally very respectful to her parents and would not really want to willfully deceive them. We especially see Juliet's respect portrayed in the third scene in which we meet both Juliet and her mother for the first time. Therefore, since Juliet feels respect for her parents, she would not want to deceive them, which is why in this passage she is being honestly deceptive.

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