How does conflict reveal the message of the play?

Conflict is the main theme in Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare shows this through two families having a conflict; Montagues and Capulets. The families don’t know any better because they have been bought up knowing that they have to hate them. As it says in the prologue “two households both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

Inner conflict is also shown in Romeo and Juliet when Juliet finds out Romeo is a Montague but he is the love of her life. The quote “that I must love a loathed enemy” is Juliet saying that she loves someone who she is supposed to hate. 

There are other conflicts between individual people such as Romeo and Tybalt. They conflict for many reasons but the main one is that Tybalt thinks Romeo was making his family look bad because he gatecrashed the party so Tybalt decides that they must have a 1 on 1 fight and Romeo won by killing Tybalt. After killing Tybalt Romeo says “oh, I am fortune’s fool”  which is him saying that he has bad luck and that fortune has ‘done him bad.’

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