How is conflict evident in act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

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The main conflict in this scene is within Romeo. He has just married Juliet and, therefore, has a brutally conflicted set of loyalties that he didn't have the day before.

Romeo's desire to be on peaceful terms with his new extended family, the Capulets, causes him to try hard to avoid a quarrel and sword fight with Tybalt, and also to try to keep Mercutio out of the fight—despite Mercutio's evident desire to fight. However, when Romeo's intervention causes Mercutio's death, distracting Mercutio just enough that Tybalt can land the fatal sword thrust, Romeo's inner conflict goes into overdrive. He loves Juliet dearly and wants to be at peace with her family, particularly her cousin Tybalt—but Tybalt has just killed Romeo's dearest friend. This is a horrible situation for him, especially as he is such an emotional person. In this case—and partially because he feels responsible for Mercutio's death—Romeo resolves his conflict by coming down on the side of his friend rather than his...

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