There's more machismo in Romeo and Juliet than the worst stereotype of a football locker room. Romeo and Juliet uses malehonor—and male sexual posturing as comedy, but it also sets up the play's tragedy. What drives the rivalry between Verona's two warring families, the Montagues and the Capulets? Testosterone-charged fighting between the young men of each family. Not to mention that Romeo Montague is constantly torn between his bros and his—well, let's just say his ladies, particularly Juliet. And she has some gender challenges of her own: how can she become a woman if her parents keep bossing her around?
In Romeo and Juliet, the pressure to be a "man" leads Romeo to kill Tybalt in a duel and causes much of the play's tragedy
Romantic love triumphs over male friendship in Romeo and Juliet—but only barely.