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Who are the protagonists and antagonists in Romeo and Juliet?

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hanlier2 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2008 at 8:02 AM via web

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Who are the protagonists and antagonists in Romeo and Juliet?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 2, 2008 at 8:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Juliet is the female protagonist and Romeo is the male protagonist or main characters.

The antagonist is a force or collection of forces that oppose the progtagonist.

The antagonists are the feuding Montagues and Capulets; Tybalt; the prince and citizens of Verona; fate.

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butterflygirl | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 28, 2009 at 4:12 AM (Answer #2)

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Well this is just my take on the story, and I'm sure that there are many different answers, but I think that Juliet is the protagonist and fate is the antagonist.  i think that juliet is the pro. because she goes through the most growth.  i think fate is the anti-pro because it was fate that caused romeo and juliet death.

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bbbobbery | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2009 at 6:51 AM (Answer #3)

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Juliet and romeo are protagonists- opposed by the antagonists- the Capulets and Montagues

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iloveeagles123 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 25, 2011 at 3:01 AM (Answer #4)

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I believe the protagonist are Romeo and Juliet, and the antagonist the families.

 

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kandi125 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:47 PM (Answer #5)

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The son of Montague, Romeo, and the daughter of Capulet, Juliet, who fall in love with each other are the "star-crossed" protagonists in the play Romeo and Juliet. This is due to the fact that their quest to openly or publicly love each other and have a relationship was hindered by the actions and failures of others to assist them in solving their dilemma.

The interesting thing about their situation is that Romeo and Juliet's relationship was practically doomed from the beginning. This is because not only were their families (Montague and Capulet) against the relationship, but almost the all the community members were also against the relationship at the onset or eventually had a change in reasoning and stopped supporting the couple's relationship in the latter part of the story. So, everybody in the novel was an antagonist apart from Romeo and Juliet. For example, Nurse, who is a friend of Juliet, eventually tries to convince Juliet to find another suitor other than Romeo.

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