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Family Rivalry In Romeo And Juliet

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The civil strife between the Montagues and Capulets is the pivotal reason that makes Romeo and Juliet’s love impossible. Their love is not for the world they live in, as they belong to families who hate each other. It is due to their family rivalry that Romeo and Juliet have to hide their love and marriage, since no one will understand nor accept their relationship. Therefore, I argue that Romeo and Juliet’s love was doomed from the start, as their divine love cannot survive in the flawed world they live in that is plagued by their family’s hatred. Furthermore,
Romeo and Juliet discuss their family’s enmity during the balcony scene as Juliet states, “deny thy father and refuse thy name…and I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (2.2,34-36). This illustrates
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This leads to Romeo’s exile from Verona as the Prince sates, “immediately we do exile him hence” (3.1,187). I argue that this moment in the play is Shakespeare’s way of showing the irrational and unruly nature of the rivalry, as nothing good can come out of this family feud. This is a catastrophic event for Romeo and Juliet, as it is due to Romeo’s banishment that leads Juliet to drink the sleeping potion resulting in their demise. Therefore, no matter what Romeo and Juliet do and no matter how divine and good their love is, their family rivalry will always interrupt their love. Romeo’s banishment makes it impossible for them to continue their passionate relationship. In addition, at this moment, no one, not even the Nurse understands the couple’s love as the Nurse states, “Romeo is banished, and all the world to nothing…I think it best you married with the County…Oh, he’s a lovely man! Romeo is a dishclout to him” (3.5,214-220). Although the Nurse is the messenger between Romeo and Juliet, after Romeo kills Tybalt the Nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris and forget about Romeo who she compares to a “dishrag”. Therefore, due to the Nurse’s lack of support, Juliet takes it upon herself to reunite with Romeo by getting help from Friar Laurence. At this point, no one understands how deeply Romeo and Juliet love each other, not even the Nurse, that even after Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin her love for
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