What are the main conflicts in Act III Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare?

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Act III Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is set within the cell of Friar Laurence and occurs after Romeo has killed Tybalt. The main conflicts are over what Romeo should do. The Prince has decreed that Romeo be banished and Romeo rather than be grateful for this comparatively mild sentence rather melodramatically says that it would be better to commit suicide than to be separated from Juliet. The first conflict is with Friar Laurence, a Roman catholic monk, for whom suicide is a mortal sin. He tries to convince Romeo that banishment is better than death, but Romeo says:

“There is no world without Verona walls.” 

The Nurse enters and argues with Romeo that he owes it to Juliet to behave more responsibly, saying:

“Stand up, stand up! Stand, and you be a man.
For Juliet’s sake, for her sake, rise and stand!"

These conflicts are resolved when the Nurse and Friar Laurence devise a scheme for a secret marriage.