William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a play full of love and hatred that was written in 1562 but it still can connect to readers today. The conflicts in the story give the reader the sense that even a small family feud is strong enough to break true love. “The Capulet and Montague servants fight; The Capulet Tybalt feuds with the Montague Romeo and the Capulet and Montague children take their own lives because of their parents feuding.”
First, the Capulet and Montague servants get into a fight in the streets of Verona. “Do you bite your thumb at us sir?”(Abram/Act 1, scene 1, line 38) This quote is their way of asking if they are being insulted so Abram is being mocked and he does not like it. The prince then has to break up the fight, and makes the two families sign an agreement that if they fight again the penalty will be death. This causes even more tension between the families, causing the higher powers in the family to become even more agitated.
Second, the young ones in the family fight. The fight starts when Tybalt kills Mercutio, and then in rage Romeo kills Tybalt, causing Romeo to be banished. “And with but one word with one of us? Couple it with something; make it a word and a blow.” (Mercutio, Act3/scene 1, line 36) In this quote Mercutio taunts Tybalt, daring him to fight, because Mercutio is very cocky. This fight puts a tension on Romeo and Juliet`s relationship, when even more hatred grows between the families, and Romeo Is banished. This makes the Capulet`s rush into a very bad decision.
Third, Lord Capulet tells Juliet that she wills Mary Paris. “Hang thee young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what-get thee to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, and do not answer me! My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought we blest that god had lent us but this only child; but now I see this one is one too much, and that we have a curse n having her. Out on her, hiding.” (Lord Capulet, Act 3, scene 5, line...