In Romeo and Juliet, family means a lot more than a husband, wife, and 2.5 kids. "Family" means everyone from the head of the household down to the lowly servants—anyone who could possibly owe any the Capulets or Montagues loyalty. If you're thinking "street gang" or "mafia movie," you're not too far off. That's why Romeo and Juliet's little love affair isn't just going to get them grounded; it's a betrayal of absolutely everything—like dating someone from a rival school or, yeah, a rival gang. We might think of family as a place of refuse and security, but, in Romeo and Juliet, kinship is more often a source of danger and battle.
Romeo and Juliet discover their identities as individuals separate from their families through their passion for each other.
Romantic love wins out over familial love in Romeo and Juliet.