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In the play "Romeo and Juliet", what is the dramatic contribution of the...

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jenaa | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2008 at 2:59 AM via web

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In the play "Romeo and Juliet", what is the dramatic contribution of the family feud to the love story of the play?

it is relevant to the whole play.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 9, 2008 at 3:05 AM (Answer #1)

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As the Prologue explains, the entire plot is set against the "two households, both alike in dignity" that have a long feud against each other.  Had Romeo had another name as Juliet wishes, the young lovers may have been able to not have had such a "star-crossed" life.  Then, the play would not have been a tragedy.  So, in essence, the family enmity is absolutely intrinsic to the entire drama.

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lesli93 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 21, 2008 at 1:50 AM (Answer #2)

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It makes the love they have seam stronger. Because it's forbidden love.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 9, 2008 at 3:07 AM (Answer #3)

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Without the family feud, Romeo and Juliet would just be another young couple in love. The urgency and secrecy that their relationship demands would not be present. However, the fact that their families hate each other lends drama and tension to the play. In addition, the play would probably have a happier ending, because there would be no reason for Juliet to take poison and thus no reason for Romeo to kill himself.

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