Name the two feuding families in Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet.

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From Act I, Scene I, we learn that it is the Montague and Capulet families who are at war with one another. What we learn from this scene is that the feud between the families is so deep-rooted that it even extends to their servants. It is Sampson, a Capulet servant, who starts biting his thumb in an attempt to lure some Montague servants into a fight. Sampson is successful, and a fight ensues, thereby shattering the peace on the streets of Verona.

By placing the feud in the opening scene of the play, Shakespeare ensures that it stays at the forefront of the reader's mind. This is important because when we meet Romeo and Juliet later on, we know that their love will be challenged by this bitter war between the Montagues and Capulets.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The two feuding families are the Capulets and the Montagues.  They are both very affluent and wealthy in the city, and both are equally trying to put the other in its place.  The feud has been going on forever and no one can really remember what it's about...it is so fierce that even the servants of each family "feud" with one another. 

This poses a problem for Romeo and Juliet whom we meet later since they each belong to one of the families.  They are born each other's enemy, yet they are in love.  This is the crux of the entire play.

Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague

mjush eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The two feuding families in the play " Romeo and Juliet" are the Capulets and the Montagues.  In spite of the feud going on between these two prominent families, Romeo Montaguefalls in love with Juliet Capulet at a masquerade.

podunc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Montague family and the Capulet family have been feuding for centuries in Verona, Italy.

trinablackburn | Student

just finished reading the play;

Capulet and Montague.
the reasons are unknown.

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