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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

VIOLEANCE AND CONFLICT ARE CENTRAL TO "ROMEO AND JULIET". DICUSS THIS THEME WITH REFERENCE TO AT LEAST THREE SCENES IN THE PLAY. "Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play which is about the death of two young teenagers trying to live happily ever after, but this doesn't happen. However it is also a play about love although there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The violence in the play happens because of an argument between the two families, which leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will discuss the conflict and violence which leads to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Verona is a city that is divided by civil war between the two noble families the Montagues and the Capulets. Their quarrel is an old one, an ancient grudge. The audience never learn the cause for conflict: it seems to have become a habit to for the Montagues and the Capulets to hate each other. Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare and it is set in the 16th century. Romeo and Juliet has been called a play of contrasts. The two man contrasts in the play are love and hate as this quote shows: "My only love sprung from my only hate". This shows the contrast of the play. When Shakespeare wrote this play Elizabeth the first ruled England. ...read more.

Middle

Act 3 scene 1 is important because Tybalt and Mercutio are killed in this scene. In this scene Mercutio, Romeo's best friend is outraged when Romeo refuses Tybalt's challenge. Romeo tries to explain that he is not a villain. But he does not tell the others that he has married Juliet. Mercutio tries to defend Romeo's honour and when Romeo tries to stop the fighting , it confuses Mercutio and he fails to evade Tybalt's sword. "To such greetings: Villain I am none." Tybalt is angry and Romeo tries to calm him down because Romeo is now related to Tybalt. Things don't work out that easily so the fighting starts again. But during this fight Mercutio steps in to help Romeo and gets hurt. "I am hurt". "A plague a both houses I am sped". "Is he gone and hath nothing". Romeo gets really angry because Tybalt killed his best friend Mercutio and this awakens Romeo's own sense of honour. He forgets that he has just married Juliet and takes his sword to attack her cousin Tybalt in an act of vengeance for the death of Mercutio. "This shall determine that, Tybalt falls and dies". This scene shows us how the feud results in innocent lives being harmed by it. This is where Prince Escales arrives and Romeo is told, " Immediately do exile him hence.....Let Romeo hence in haste, else, when he is found, that hour is last". ...read more.

Conclusion

She falls on Romeo's body and dies. Violence and Conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet, I think this because in every family relationship there is always arguments and disagreements. Family feud in every culture which goes on and on can have devastating effects on the new generation. Although there is violence it is invetible due to the circumstances in which the characters find themselves. Loyalties are divided in the relationships between servants, friends and family members. In Asian culture, even today, there are serious conflicts which result in family breakdowns and murders. In newspapers these headlines capture the attention of readers and perhaps Shakespearian audience found this play spectacular and the dramatic irony of the young lovers death very interesting. In conclusion I think that Romeo and Juliet is a very violent play because it has fighting in nearly all the scenes. The play starts with a violent scene and it ends with a violent scene. When people think about Romeo and Juliet they mainly think about three main points, the love, the deaths and the conflict and violence in the play. Love: where they meet by the balcony. Death: where Romeo and Juliet commit suicide. Violence: the arguments and the fights between the Montagues and the Capulets. I think that Romeo and Juliet have a bit of both hatred and love. Hatred which shows the violence and also love at first sight. My favourite scene is the ending, Act 5 Scene 3 because it is a very tragic scene but also something that you wouldn't expect to happen. Rabia Sarwar 10F ...read more.

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