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The seriousness of the feud between Romeo's family, the Montagues, and Juliet's family, the Capulets, made it difficult for the young lovers to approach their parents about their feelings; further complicating the issue was Juliet's father, who in addition to hating the Montagues, had already made plans for her marriage to a young man named Paris. Arranged marriages were the rule rather than the exception during this time period, and it was expected that once a young lady's parents had secured a good match for her, that she would go willingly to her new home and husband. Romeo and Juliet clearly made some rather hasty choices in their quest to be together, and the ill-conceived plan to fake Juliet's death as a smokescreen so that she could escape with Romeo created a scene of intense dramatic irony at the play's end.
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