Why Did the Montagues and Capulets Hate One Another?

Both the Montagues and the Capulets are thought to have harboured animosity toward one another out of a desire to rule Verona with the most influence. Even though it is assumed to have lasted for many years, William Shakespeare’s famous play “Romeo and Juliet” never fully explains the cause of the feud.

The betrayal of one family by another is one reason why there may be a family feud. The city’s other households may have heard the rumours, to name one. The Montagues and Capulets’ conflict does not, regrettably, end until Romeo and Juliet commit suicide because their families could not accept their love for one another.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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