Why shouldn't Romeo and Juliet get married in Romeo and Juliet?

In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet's marriage could be considered unwise due to the conflict between their families, their young ages, and their unwillingness to openly act against their families.

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The largest obstacle in the way of Romeo and Juliet's marriage is the blood feud going on between their two families. While Friar Laurence feels such a union could force the families to reconcile, it is a risky assumption. In the end, the marriage leads to the lovers being more estranged from their families rather than bringing anyone closer together.

An oft-cited argument against Romeo and Juliet's union is that the two have only known each other for a short period, and their passion for one another is not likely to last. In addition, both characters are only teenagers. Passion within marriage seems to be less of an issue with the adults of the play, and the ages of Romeo and Juliet are not considered impediments to marriage: after all, Juliet's own father feels she is ready to be married to Paris by the midpoint of the play. However, a modern audience might cite these factors as a good argument against the marriage: they are very young and acting rashly.

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