In order to have any chance at understanding this play, you need to be clear on this point. The Montagues and the Capulets are the two families in Verona who hate each other and have been having a feud with one another for quite some time before the play begins.
This is very important because the two title characters are from opposite families. Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague. Because their families are feuding, the two of them will face great obstacles when they fall in love. Those obstacles will be the cause of the major events in 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, but their children’s end, naught could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage-
The which, if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.”
Two households- The Montagues (Son: Romeo Montague Age: 18) and the Capulets (Daughter: Juliet Age: 13 nearly 14) To understand Romeo and Juliet you must know of the Capulet’s and Montague’s on-going fight. Generations before Romeo and Juliet takes place the Capulets and Montagues had their fight started. I guess it’s kind of like our Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie; subtract the anorexia, and the once “best pals,” then horrible enemies back to “best pals”
Since of this parent’s “strife,” I believe this is why Romeo and Juliet fall in love, not because they really are, just because they know they can never be together because of the parents fighting. If the families weren’t at war with each other, maybe the tragedy known as Romeo And Juliet were the two lovers fall in love and end up killing themselves since they can’t be together, might have never happened. Maybe they might ended up just married, with a kid or two, and , probably divorced since very rarely do many people have “love at first sight” and end up married and living “Happily ever after”
The End… NOT!
With Love and Care,