In the end of Act III, we find Juliet in quite a predicament. Juliet’s loyalty is torn between her family and her true love, Romeo. We are clearly able to see Juliet’s mixed feelings of love and hate in Act III, scene ii when she first hears of her cousin’s death. She divulges a list of oxymorons to describe the duel nature of Romeo’s character. “O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face!/ Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?/ Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!/ Dove-feathered raven! Wolvish ravening lamb!…” (III, ii, 75-87)
As we continue reading we find that Juliet begins questioning her loyalties. She exclaims, “Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” (III, ii, 101) Juliet feels a deep sense of loyalty to Romeo, her husband. The conflict then comes in her devotion to her family. “But, wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin? That villain cousin would have kill’d my husband.” (III, ii, 104, 105) As Juliet gives a ring to the nurse to take to Romeo, we find that she has chosen where her loyalties will lie.
Since Juliet’s devotion and heart lie with her husband, she is able to stand up to her parents in the last scene of Act III when they inform her of her coming marriage to Paris. Her eye is on her future with Romeo. Juliet chooses to break the ties with her family. The nurse is her final connection to the Capulet family. When the nurse tells her to marry Paris, the better of the two, Juliet chooses to seek counsel elsewhere.