What are the complication and the resolution in Romeo and Juliet?

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blacksheepunite | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I wouldn't apply a plot diagram to this play, which (I think) is what this question is asking. If so, the building action would be all of the events leading up to the climax (the two deaths), the resolution would be the final scene where the explanations and peace offerings are made, and the complications would be in the scene we don't see where the friar is detained on route to Romeo and where Romeo hears (incorrectly) that Juliet is dead.

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mvmaurno | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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Romeo and Juliet is chockfull of complications, the most central one being the relationship between Romeo Montaque and Juliet Capulet.  The Montaques and the Capulets have been "at war" for years, yet it didn't stop Romeo and Juliet from falling in love.  Because of the situation between the families, Romeo and Juliet's relationship has very little chance of being accepted by the families, so they decide to sneak off and elope. Unfortunately, their plan backfires because of miscommunication, resulting in a double suicide. The one positive resolution stemming from this tragedy is the end of the long-standing war between the Montaques and the Capulets.  This "cease fire" paves the way for a future of peace between two families, a peace that most likely would never have happened without having the "wakeup call" resulting from this tragic event.  

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