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Essay On The Conflict Between Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet,” takes place in Verona- a city in Italy which is governed by a prince. There is also a Friar named Laurence, who is a religious figure that citizens go to for advice and to be married. In the City lives the Capulets and the Montagues who have been disputing for generations. Both families have children and one child from each family are the protagonists- Romeo is a member of the Montagues and Juliet is a member of the Capulets. Romeo and Juliet will end up falling for each other. However, they end up dying young because Friar Laurence married them in private, he gave Juliet a potion which knocked her out which lead to her and Romeo’s suicides, and he trusted Friar John to deliver the letter and…show more content…
You can see the “Two households, both alike in dignity” (Act I PROLOGUE) fight even when they are so similar. The conflict of the two households quarreling arises when Romeo meets Juliet at the Capulet’s party and they both fall for each other at first sight hence the phrase “love at first sight”. At the time, religion was very important so when Romeo would talk about Juliet, he would say “Oh, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do. They pray; grant thou, lest faith turn to despair” (ACT I SCENE V). In this time, Romeo is asking for Juliet to kiss her because when you pray, your hands touch; and Romeo wants to do with lips what hands do. This comparison shows the connection from everyday life to religion, which is part of the reason Romeo went to Friar Laurence. Romeo and Juliet are also Roman Catholic which means that once they marry, they cannot divorce or be remarried. Friar Laurence knew this going into the marriage and the fact that Juliet was to be soon married off to Paris in a political wedding. Friar approved and said, “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (ACT II SCENE III). He later marries them in secret without telling anyone which will lead to two other mistakes made by Friar
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