Romeo And Juliet

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The play is basically set off of conflict. When there is love there is war.Conflict is the key role in Romeo and Juliet. There are conflicts starting from the beginning to end.The conflicts include: Man vs.man, Man vs. self, and Man vs. society. Both of the families are in conflict, and have been since they can remember (Man vs. man).In fact the first scene in the play is a brawl between the Montigue and Capulet servants. Romeo is in love with Roseline, but Roseline wants nothing to do with him. Romeo then falls into a deep depression, that is one of the first conflicts ( man vs. self ). Then his cousin invites Romeo to a masque. This leads into more conflict considering that the masque is held at Lord Capulet's house. Taking into account the feuds that the Montigues and Capulets are having this is not a wise choice for Romeo.

Since Romeo is in love with Roseline, he will basically risk everything to go to the masque. The next conflict that occurs in the play is Tybalt a Capulet recognizes Romeo's. Tybalt then wants to fight Romeo, but Lord Capulet won't have any fighting in his household.

Romeo sets eyes on Juliet and forgets all about Roseline. Juliet is now the love of Romeo's life. Romeo and Juliet get married without their families knowledge. Tybalt kills Romeo's friend Mercutio and starts another conflict ( man vs. man ). Romeo then retaliates by killing Tybalt. Juliet on the other hand is having a conflict with herself, because the man whom she loves has killed her cousin. Due to the fact that Romeo has killed Tybalt he is banned from Verona ( man vs. society ). This is another example of conflict, because Romeo can't see the love of his life Juliet. A huge conflict is when Juliet is scheduled to marry Paris. She is just about the only person who knows that she is already married. Another person who knows is Fr. Lawrence. He is the one who wed Romeo and Juliet. The Friar can't wed Paris and Juliet because he will be condoning sin ( since Juliet is already married ). So the priest gives Juliet a potion that would make her seem like she is dead. Juliet is unsure about taking the potion ( man vs.self ), but then she takes it. Romeo has heard that she has died and goes to the Capulet tomb . He then kills himself by drinking poison.

Juliet sees her love dead and then stabs herself.Because this occurrence is the ultimate conflict the families work out their differences in order to get along. In a story like "Romeo and Juliet"� it is important to remember that there will always be conflict when there is love.