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 poison and rushing back to Verona the minute he hears the news of Juliet's death. He acts impulsively, without stopping to think, meet with Friar Laurence, or get more information in other ways. It is completely within character for Romeo to act this way, but his character is his undoing.

Finally, fate plays an important role in the "star-crossed" lovers' tragedy: the prologue tells us a happy ending was never meant to be.

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The most obvious and significant obstacle faced by Romeo and Juliet is the feud between their two families. This feud means that their respective parents will never agree to a marriage between them, and it also means that if the families find out about their relationship, more "civil blood" might be spilled in anger. Accordingly, Romeo and Juliet have to conduct their relationship in secret.

Another significant obstacle that Romeo and Juliet face is fate, or destiny. We are told immediately, in the prologue which opens the play, that their love is "death-marked" and "fatal." There are also reminders throughout the play that their love is fated to end in tragedy. For example, in act three, scene five, Juliet has a vision in which she sees Romeo "as one dead in the bottom of a tomb."

Perhaps the third most significant obstacle faced by Romeo and Juliet is the recklessness with which they love one another. Friar Laurence repeatedly warns them against this recklessness. He describes their love as violent, implying that they love too extremely, and he warns them that their "violent delights (will) have violent ends." Friar Laurence advises Romeo and Juliet to "love moderately," but, perhaps because they are so young, they do not heed his advice. Arguably, if they had loved more moderately, the tragic end of their love might have been avoided.

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Romeo and Juliet face a number of obstacles. Most obviously, their two families are feuding and neither Romeo's nor Juliet's parents approve of their courtship, so they must keep it secret.

Secondly, they face the irrationality and unpredictability of Capulet in particular. Once Capulet arranges for Juliet to marry Paris and she refuses, Capulet becomes hostile and violent, threatening to throw her out and disown her. Further, once the plan is in place for Juliet to escape her home and elope with Romeo, she pretends to submit to her father's wishes, at which time he becomes very happy and moves up the date of her wedding to Paris. This creates problems for the escape plan, and becomes one of the catalysts for the end tragedy.

Thirdly, the two face an obstacle via the plague. Once Romeo has fled to Mantua, Juliet and Friar Laurence come up with the plan to fake Juliet's death. The Friar sends a message to Romeo, explaining what is to happen (so that he won't believe she has actually died), but the message never gets to Romeo because the carrier is suspected of being contaminated with the plague, so he isn't allowed into Mantua to deliver the message to Romeo.

Finally, another obstacle for the doomed couple is their own impulsivity. Theirs is a very quick courtship. It begins the very night that Romeo is obsessively pining for Rosaline. His friends take him to Capulet's party to cheer him up because he can't stop thinking about how much he loves Rosaline and will never be able to live without her. Yet upon first seeing Juliet, he immediately forgets Rosaline and decides that Juliet is now the end all, be all, key to life and breathing. Juliet, too, reacts very impulsively. When her super-impulsive father tells her the plan for her arranged marriage, she gets very upset and lashes out. While she has every right to do so, it sparks him to fall into a rage and retaliate with a number of ridiculous threats from disowning her to beating her. This isn't her fault, of course; clearly Capulet has issues, but it presents another obstacle to her union with Romeo.

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