The Analysis of the Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet Essay Example


In the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet wonders aloud what significance a name really holds. Specifically, she wonders why Romeos name should effect life her as it does. Asking aloud “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art [why are] thou Romeo.” Juliet questions why Romeo is who he is, and if that really matters. She comes to the realization that were Romeo any man whom was not heir to a rival family, they would be able to be together peacefully, without anger from either side. Eventually, she questions what it even means to be a Montague, wondering “What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot or arm nor face nor any other part belonging to a man.” Again, Juliet has trapped her self into a great battle within her mind between loyalty to her family, and loyalty to her heart. Using her previous realization as a base, she comes to the conclusion that someone's name means very little. It is in fact who they are as an individual that matters. Juliet goes as far as to declare that “Romeo would, where he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title”. Through her mental battles, Juliet is able to come to the final realization that one's bloodline should not dictate that person life. 

Also in this scene, both Juliet and Romeo face conflicts with external forces. Juliet, encapsulated with her newfound love, decides to cast off that which binds her to her family, proclaiming “Deny thy father and refuse thy name and I’ll no longer be a Capulet”. Juliet recognizes that she would be going against the will of her father, and alienating herself from her family, but instead of giving to the pressure, she decides to remove herself from her name. Juliet realized she was being held back from her love because of her lineage and decided to forego it all and free herself. Romeo similarly recognized the chains his family name entwined him to, and in reply to Juliet demanding “Romeo, doff thy name, and for that name, which is no part of thee, take all myself” proclaims “call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized: henceforth I never will be Romeo.” Romeo, at the pressuring of Juliet, was willing to abandon his bloodline and forget how his upbringing taught him to hate the Capulet's, for the sake of his love. 

Whether they were faced with an internal conflict between love and loyalty, or an external conflict which told them to hate each-other due simply to age-old strife they had no experience of, both Romeo and Juliet were able to overcome the mindset they were raised into, so they could be together. They both recognized, as a result of the conflicts which presented themselves to them, that one's lineage should not direct one's own life, no matter how much pressure is put upon you or how much your family tries to dissuade you.

 

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