What major conflicts are etablished in the first scene of Romeo and Juliet?

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The first scene in Romeo and Juliet helps to set up several major conflicts that will continue to play an important role through out the work. The first major conflict we see is the feud between the two households. We see their men antagonizing each other into a fight. We see foreshawdowing of a future conflict in Tybalt's desire to fuel the fight rather than disperse it. We see the verdict of the Prince and know that the households will have to battle the internal conflict whether fighting is worth risking the Prince's wrath. We also see several conflicts surrounding Romeo. His family is worried about him and wants to help. He is in love with Rosaline but his affections are not returned. This unrequited love will be part of the catalyst for the later relationship of Romeo and Juliet. The first scene truly sets the stage for many of the plays underlying conflicts.