What are the struggles Juliet face in ACT 4 SCENE 1 of Romeo and Juliet and her attitudes in that scene.

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By this time in Shakespeare's play, Juliet is despondent, to the point of being suicidal, and she is desperate. She is already married to Romeo who has been banished for killing her cousin Tybalt, and she is arranged to marry Paris. This sets the stage for a major struggle that she faces in Act 4, Scene 1. Juliet must figure out how she can get out of marrying Paris. She is desperate to get out of this arranged marriage. She goes to Friar Laurence for help with this problem. She is so desperate to elude the arrange marriage that she threatens suicide several times. Friar Laurence devises the plan for Juliet to get out of the arranged marriage, which is faking her own death. Her attitude in this scene is that she is more than willing to do this, without even giving it a second thought. She mentions several methods of death she'd rather endure than having to marry Paris, like leaping to her death from a tower or being chained to ravenous bears.

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