Over the course of the play the lovers’ powerful desires directly clash with their families’ equally powerful hatred of each other.Initially, we may expect that the lovers will prove the unifying force that unites the families.It now seems unlikely that Romeo and Juliet will be able to live happily together. Before he leaves, he and Juliet spend their first—and last—night together.
But the Montague-Capulet feud is too powerful for the lovers to overcome.
Romeo and Juliet begin the play trapped by their social roles.
Romeo is a young man who is expected to chase women, but he has chosen Rosaline, who has sworn to remain a virgin.
At dawn, both Romeo and Juliet try to believe that morning hasn’t come, since the new day brings nothing but grief: “More light and light, more dark and dark our woes” (3.5).
In the final scenes, Romeo and Juliet are more trapped than ever.