Alice Coachman Davis is the first African American woman to win a gold medal. Growing up in the south, she didn't have many opportunities to peruse what she loved. But after years of training and hard work, which involved running barefoot in the gravel, and moving from school to school across the south, she finally qualified for the Olympics in 1948, and in the end she received a gold medal in high jump. Like Alice, Shakespeare believes that when someone follows their heart’s desires, although it may not be the easiest path, its the path that will make the most sense in the end. He shows this through the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship and the relationship in between Juliet and her parents.
Despite the feud between the Capulets…show more content… They probably would have had a somewhat normal relationship if it wasn't for their parents. Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet, had his opinions and ideas about what Juliet’s future was going to look like. He came to Juliet demanding that she marry Paris because he thought it would make her happy after losing Tybalt. But to his dismay, she refused and said “Not proud you have, but thankful that you have/ Proud can I never be of what I hate/ But thankful even for hate that is mean love/” (3.5.151-153). Juliet explains to her father that she’ll never marry Paris, this is because she’s loyal to Romeo and staying married to Romeo is what her heart desires. Then after Juliet refuses, Lord Capulet becomes enraged that she would even think to talk back to him in the way that she did. He becomes so enraged that he said “Thursday next/ to go with Paris to Saint Peter’s Church/ Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither/ Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage/ You tallow face/” (3.5.158-162). After this threat, Juliet is forced to take action against her father, even if she would have to disobey him and possibly be disowned. In conclusion, Juliet’s heart desired Romeo, even if that meant faking her death and fleeing her home, never to return.
Throughout the play, Shakespeare suggested that it was better for Romeo and Juliet to follow their heart’s desires, even if it wasn't