How does Shakespeare show conflict between the children and their parents in Romeo and Juliet?

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A couple of ways in which Shakespeare shows the conflicts between Romeo and Juliet and their parents are through dialogue and plot development.

Romeo's conflict with his parents is especially portrayed through dialogue in the very first scene. His conflict with his parents is seen in his refusal to confide in his parents and tell them his woes. As we learn in the first scene, both his parents have noticed that Romeo is in a deeply troubled state of mind. His father has observed that Romeo is staying out all night, night after night, sleeping in the daytime, and is also seen crying each morning at dawn under a grove of trees in a certain part of town. Though Lord Montague has tried to find out from Romeo what is troubling him to give him some advice, Romeo refuses to say. Lord Montague worries that if Romeo continues in this...

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