The foundation of Jules as a character is pointedly real; initially, she’s not opposed to being single, she’s career-driven, and she lives a life of her own volition (it sounds too good to be true!). Her spiraling actions begin, quite simply, from her desire to cling to the life she has. As the ground begins to shift beneath her feet and someone she dearly loves is changing to an almost seismic degree, she digs in her nails and refuses to move on quietly. Fighting back against change, Jules’ love for Michael is both her armor and her weapon. There’s something deeply resonant about her failure to grapple with ricocheting emotions; unable to get her composure in line, she is left with an intense ardor that she is forced to act on.