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Conflict is central to 'Romeo and Juliet '

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pConflict is central to 'Romeo and Juliet '. Explain how Shakespeare introduces this theme with detailed reference to Act 1 Scene 1. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play written by Shakespeare in the early part of the 1590's and was first published in 1597 by Thomas Creede. Romeo is a confused young man who is in Love with the idea of Love. Whilst Juliet is a respectful, protected, na�ve child who has never really thought about love and marriage, but later on in the play she changes and in a way matures when she meets and falls in love with Romeo. The play is a twisted tragedy, showing physical and emotional conflict between and around the two lovers: Romeo and Juliet. The aim of my essay is to explain the theme of conflict and violence, which is shown strongly in act 1 scene 1. I will comment on Shakespeare's use of language and how he demonstrates it in a dramatic effect, the plays appeal to the audience, the historical context and my own personal feedback on the play. ...read more.


As well as violence Shakespeare introduces Love and links it into destiny and fate. Fate was important in Shakespearean times as it explained the unexplainable and ultimately, the feud between the two families will end but only when the 'star-crossed lovers take their life.. The fearful passage of their death marked love'. Essentially Romeo and Juliet are destined to meet fall in love. This love will only last a matter of time as they are destined to die to break the bitter hatred between the families. The play opens with two servants of the Capulet house: Sampson and Gregory strolling through the streets of Verona. Throughout the first part of the scene they are insulting the Montagues. They do this by exchanging punning remarks such as: 'I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.' This quote basically means Sampson is suggesting physically slaughtering the Montague men and sexually abusing the Montague women another reference to sexually abusing Montague women is: 'Ay the heads of the maidens or the maidenheads' (line 22) ...read more.


I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.' This means instead of frowning at them I'll bite my thumb: In Shakespearean times biting your thumb at someone was the most offensive insult. He did this to be discreet and he didn't get the blame for starting the brawl, therefore staying on the right side of the justice system of Verona. Sampson tries to give the audience a masculine and strong impression 'Me they shall feel while I am able to stand: and tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh' again he shows a sexual pun and also he's boasting about his 'manhood' once more the issue of masculinity plays a part in the script. In the end Sampson gives out the impression of he's all talk no action: otherwise he would have attacked the Montagues illegally and not bothered about the law being on the Capulets side. In Verona, a man must defend his honor whenever it is transgressed against, whether verbally or physically. This concept of masculine honor exists through every layer of society in Verona, from the servants on up to the noblemen. It animates Samson and Gregory as much as it does Tybalt. http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/canalysis.html ...read more.

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