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How does Shakespeare present violence and conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' with reference to Act3 Scene1?

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Romeo and Juliet coursework 'How does Shakespeare present violence and conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' with reference to Act3 Scene1?' Written in the early 1590's in Elizabethan England, theatre became very popular in place of religious festivals. Thousands of people attended the theatres like the 'Globe', and 'Romeo and Juliet' was one of Shakespeare's most successful and popular plays. Elizabethan times were quite violent this reflects in the play. Shakespeare's tragic drama of the "star-crossed" young lovers is seen to be an extraordinary work. Indeed, Romeo and Juliet was an experimental stage piece at the time of its composition This play explores love, violence, family conflict and teenage rebellion. The play revolves around the feud between two families, the Capulets (Juliet) and the Montague's (Romeo), the feuding is ancient and old. In the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, the Chorus tells us of an "ancient grudge" between two households of equal dignity that has broken out into a "new mutiny" that will cause blood to flow in the streets of Verona and will ultimately result in the deaths of the "star-cross'd lovers." ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona Italy, this place is very hot and this symbolises heat and passion and temper of the Italians. 'do you bite your thumb at me sir?' this was considered to be inappropriate and insulting behaviour. It is possible that if Shakespeare was making a comment about Elizabethan laws he would have had to se the play in a different country 'the day is hot, the Capels are abroad and the mad blood is stirring' (Benvolio Act3Sc1) this is a example of how Shakespeare sets the scene he also creates suspense whilst doing this and Shakespeare's placing of the scene is important, it creates the height of tension and from that scene onwards tragedy follows. The setting is shown at the beginning in the prologue 'In fair Verona where we lay our scene' this shows where its set. The prologue addresses the audience directly it gets the audience involved and information is given out to them. Shakespeare's character both represents and uses violent language as a way to provoke and insult others. ...read more.

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E.g. 'do you bite your thumb at me' biting your thumb at some one was a great insult and the audience would be thrilled and excited at seeing this but quiet at love scenes which is a contrast. Violence is also threatened to be used in Prince Escalus' part as he has had enough of all the violence and fighting, he says to the Capulet's and Montague's 'anybody disturbs the peace, they'll pay with their life'. Imagery rhyme and metaphors are also used. (Like Miller) Shakespeare uses tragedy for this play, it ends in death and fate, time and circumstances are beyond human control. Both Romeo and Juliet become victims of the family conflict and the violence that takes place. Romeo's speech in Act1 uses many oxymoron's, 'O brawling love, O loving hate...' this page of opposites reflects the on going conflict between the two houses. Throughout the play, the audience follows the theme of 'love and hate' like in a 'midsummer nights dream' also by Shakespeare teenage love is confusing. Therefore Shakespeare reveals the conflict and opposites in the play. 'Chaos' and 'well seeming' forms shows that whilst the characters mean well, there is in fact underlying tension that causes chaos. ...read more.

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