In Romeo and Juliet, what obstacles do Romeo and Juliet face?

One obstacle that Romeo and Juliet face is the feud between their two families, which makes it impossible for them to marry openly. The feud creates another obstacle when Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished from Verona. A third obstacle arises when Juliet fears confiding in her father that she is married to Romeo. Finally, Romeo's rash reaction to the news of Juliet's death leads to suicide. All of these become part of a "star-crossed" fate that creates tragedy.

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The main obstacle that Romeo and Juliet face is the feud that divides their two families. On the broadest level, the feud makes it impossible for them to go to their families and request to marry each other, as they know it would never be allowed.

Second, the feud becomes the catalyst for the street fighting between Mercutio and Tybalt that leads to Mercutio's death. Feeling he is responsible for his best friend's death then leads Romeo to kill Tybalt. Once more, the tentacles of the feud have risen up and put an obstacle in the path of the lovers: Romeo is banished from Verona on the pain of death.

The lovers' misjudgments also become obstacles. Juliet is too fearful of her father's temper and fatefully does not confide in him or her mother that she is already married to Romeo when her father announces she will marry Paris. She is unable to see the love her father has for her beneath his volatile temper.

Likewise, Romeo's temperament becomes an obstacle. He is, in true form, too rash in buying...

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