What is the major conflict in Romeo and Juliet? Possible answers are: Juliet's parents are forcing her to marry Paris. The families of Romeo and Juliet have been feuding for years. Romeo loves...

What is the major conflict in Romeo and Juliet?

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Juliet's parents are forcing her to marry Paris.

The families of Romeo and Juliet have been feuding for years.

Romeo loves Rosaline who loves Paris who loves Juliet.

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The major conflict in Romeo and Juliet is not between the two main characters, but between their families, the Montagues and the Capulets. All of the other problems in the plot stem from this feud, and the two lovers must keep their love a secret and go to great lengths to fight the greater forces against them. In the end, the families are able to make peace, but it came at a great price.


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In my opinion, the major conflict in Romeo and Juliet is the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. Evidence for this theory is given in the prologue to the play.

"Two households, both alike in dignity
(In fair Verona, where we lay our scene),
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which,...

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Montagues vs Capulets

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