In life as in literature people have certain struggles. In the novels and short stories we read this year there are several
example of inner struggles, within the characters. The basic type of struggles known to people is Man Vs Man, Man
Vs Nature and Man Vs Himself, otherwise known as inner struggle. It is when you have within yourself problems,
concerns or questions that you must decide. They often decide to keep it's feeling and emotion to themselves. Like
the famous Ghandi once said, "It was confrontation out of real humanity which marks his true stature and which
makes his struggles and glimpses of truth of enduring significance. As a man of his time who asked the deepest
questions, even, though he could not answer them, become a man for all times and all places. [ ]
All struggles can be solved even though solving it made cause fatal deaths like in the play Romeo and Juliet. Often
short stories and novels contains some sort of inner struggle, in order to make the plot more interesting.
In real life inner struggles happen frequently from the littlest things such as thinking how to get some money in
order to get the certain things you want or probably one of the most dangerous inner struggle which is love, always
keep your mind confused or frustrated. Sometimes inner struggles cause modern day people to commit suicide.
People like Kurt Cobain has died within the years because of his inner struggle. We see that in the play Romeo and
Juliet it contains continuos inner struggles. Romeo's character undergoes several changes in the course of the play's
action. At first he is pictured as a typical youth smitten by love. His father's description of him is in effect' a
description of the Petrarchan lover:
Many a morning hath he there been seen,
With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew
Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs;
Away from light steals home my heavy son,
And private in his chamber pens himself,
Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out
And makes himself an artificial night [I, I, 138-47]
Romeo's inner struggle begins with him falling in love with Juliet. Their two families, the Capulets and the
Montegue hated each other and will not allow their children to socialize. Romeo must decide if he should go against
their wishes and see her. Mercutio's death begins another inner struggle in Romeo's life. Mercutio's death leads to
Romeo's killing of Tybalt. That killing lead to Romeo's banishment. He wants to see Juliet but he is scared that he'll
get caught and thrown to Jail. Once again he faces new inner struggles, but the biggest struggle of all is when he find
out that Juliet, his future, is dead, and he has to decide on whether he should stay alive or die to see her.
Juliet's character, like Romeo's undergoes a development during the play. There is, at the beginning of the play, a
fond attachment between Juliet and the Nurse. For example, she calls her, "O honey nurse" and "good sweet nurse.
She takes her into complete confidence. But as the play continues and Juliet becomes a new person, now
independent except for the love that binds her to her husband, She chooses action that defy the Nurse and her
parents. He detachment from the Nurses at first caused by the old women's double-talk in coveying the news of
Tybalt's death. Juliet asks her, "What devil art thou that dost torment me thus"? Later, after the Nurse advises her to
marry Paris, Juliet is fully disillusioned and decides to break their bond of confidence. "Ancient damnation. O most
wicked fiend!" she screams at the Nurse: "Go, counselor; Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain" [III, v,
In her first scenes, Juliet was submission to her parents' wishes:
I'll look to like, if looking liking move:
But no more deep will I endart mine eye
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. [I, iii, 97-99]
Later, however, Juliet goes against her parents' wishes; In fact, she resists spiritedly
When informed by her mother that she is to marry Paris:
Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too,
He shall not make me there a joyful bride.
I wonder at this haste; that I must wed
Ere he, that should be husband, comes to woo.