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Love and Conflict in Romeo And Juliet.

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An essay on Love and Conflict in Romeo And Juliet by Ozhan O'Sullivan Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet shows how love between the Capulet Romeo and Montague Juliet resolves an "ancient" conflict between the two families. The play was first performed in 1595, the play was Shakespeare's first tragedy genre. Shakespeare believes the two lovers are bound by fate, "star-crossed". We know that the hatred shown between both families is an "ancient grudge", and that the rivalry is passed down the family tree. The prologue summarises the whole play in advance, this gives an overview of Romeo and Juliet's actions. Shakespeare uses different styles of speech to represent social classes in the play. The upper class speak in a more knowledgeable blank verse, while the lower classes speak in prose. A clear example of this is the way the servants at the beginning insult each while speaking in prose, however as soon as soon as more aristocratic people come in, they speak in blank verse. From the start of the play we see the servants of both houses show their dislike to each other. This is one of the major conflicts in the play. Sampson and Gregory are servants of the house of Capulet. The fact that the family rivalry and hatred is present in the low status of a servant, shows how "The quarrel is between our masters and us their men." The two Capulet servants show they are low in power as they speak in prose. ...read more.

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"If you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." As a further punishment, the Prince tells the citizens to be angered of the wrong doing which has taken place, this leads to extra guilt on the houses, "And made Verona's ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments." Looking back at where the families went wrong, they did not show signs of keeping peace, possibly because if a family gives in and backs away from the other, they will look the weaker and more cowardly family, and with the strong pride that is present in both households, it is not a desired option. Capulet "What is this? Give me my long sword!" Montague "Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not! Let me go!" The Lords of both family have the same desire to fight as the servants, however this is not the way high class Lords should be acting. The Prince wants to be in control, and proves this by speaking in a commanding and powerful manner. He threatens lives of people that go against his orders, as he requires high amounts of respect because he is so high in authority. The Prince uses rhetorical language to display his anger at the families disobeying his laws and orders, "Will they not hear?" The Prince uses imagery of fiery blood, to show the houses' violent rage, "That quench the fire of your pernicious rage, with purple fountains issuing from your veins." ...read more.

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Romeo uses imagery to compare Juliet to the beauty of angels, "Beauty too rich for use, for Earth too dear." He again refers to Juliet as holy, as he says his lips are pilgrims that have travelled to her to kiss her holiness, "My lips, two blushing pilgrims ready to stand." Romeo uses hyperbole terms to express Juliet's beauty, "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." Romeo and Juliet's language is both really for the moment, as they wish for the moment never to end. They are both very lustful, as they both have the same desire to kiss each other. Romeo "My lips two blushing pilgrims ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." Juliet "Then have my lips the sin that they have took." Both lovers speak in blank verse showing their high role in their houses. Dramatic action is created in the way that both Romeo and Juliet both fall in love at first sight. A big shock for both is when find out they are from rival families. Romeo says, "My life is in my foes debt." Juliet shows the same reaction, "My only love sprung from my only hate." Romeo's praise of Juliet helps strengthen dramatic action. I believe Shakespeare wrote the play to show the power of love. He shows the dangers and advantages in the play. Because there love was so strong, Romeo and Juliet died and many people were killed. The advantages t this love is obvious, the way their tragic death and love resolves a great conflict between the two houses. ...read more.

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