Romeo just can't seem to catch a break can he? First his dear Rosaline doesn't reciprocate his approaches. Then Friar Lawrence teases Romeo about being no good at saying loving things. Then he meets the girl of his dreams who belongs to the family of his enemies. Then Tybalt kills Mercutio, and then Romeo kills Tybalt. Had Rosaline just said yes, then all of that could have been avoided. For his crime, Romeo is banished from Verona. The prince is the man that issued that statement, but Romeo isn't exactly around to hear the sentencing, because he has already fled the city. He did so because that is what Friar Lawrence recommended that he do.
The conflict between Juliet and her father is another example of the disparity between young and old, which appears several times in Act 3. Romeo speaks of Friar Laurence’s ignorance of his love for Juliet, saying that the Friar could never understand because he is not “young.” Furthermore, the final scene reveals how adults can no longer understand youthful passion. Lady Capulet refuses to consider Juliet’s refusal to marry Paris, and even the Nurse speaks of Paris as a virtuous man worthy of her hand (thus revealing her underlying resentment of her young charge). In response to the Nurse’s patronizing description of Paris, Juliet shouts, "Ancient damnation!" (). This serves as both reference to the Nurse's age and to the problems she must deal with, all of which have been created by a feud that has its roots in the older generation. Romeo and Juliet are two young people, who have fallen inescapably in love - only to butt up against the political machinations of their elders - a quandary that has resonated emotionally with teenagers for generations.