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Romeo and Juliet is a love story. Why does Shakespeare use so much violence?

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Romeo and Juliet is a love story. Why does Shakespeare use so much violence? William Shakespeare is one of the most influential writers, in all of English literature. He was born in 1564 to a successful middle-class glove maker in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare attended grammar school, but his formal education proceeded no further. In 1582 he married an older woman, Anne Heathway and had three children with her. He moved to London from Stratford-upon-Avon to become a successful actor and playwright. Many theatres were built but the most well known of these of was, The Globe, which was owned by William Shakespeare. He later purchased New Place a considerable property in his home town of Stratford. He died in 1616 at the age of fifty-two on his birthday. In his life he had written many plays and among them Romeo and Juliet is also one of his famous play, which was set in Verona and Mantua. The play Romeo and Juliet is tragedy. It is mainly a love-story but it contains so much violence. ...read more.


No death occurred but the relations between them get even worse than before which caused a lot of prejudice against the families that leads to violence. This fight starts from a mere mentioning of a few words which sets off a large reaction between the characters ending in a large collision. As said by Sampson "a dog of the house of Montague moves hell" this tells to audience that how much hate is between those two feuding families. The Shakespeare has used Prince to declare that the violence between the two families has gone too long. The Shakespeare has used too much violence here because it make further longer and to make it interesting. If there is no violence than true love cannot be great or famous. Another duel between the two families started in the Act3 Scene1 when Mercuito and Benvolio friends of Romeo, are confronted by Tybalt. The prejudice between families gets even worse, when Tybalt kills the Mercuito. This scene got lot of violence. Shakespeare used lot of violence in this scene to show how fragile the lovers romance, and how outside force will act to destroy it. ...read more.


Here the position of lovers reverse, as at first it is Romeo who wishes to go and Juliet who wants him to stay and very soon she urges him to go with a sudden, energetic image. This scene doesn't have any violence but it tells us that it is the violence which keeps the lover far from each other. It also got a dramatic irony for when Juliet next sees her husband he is indeed pale in the tomb "Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of the tomb. Therefore, the theme of this play is about young love and how the hate affects the lovers. The Romeo and Juliet are a young lovers who could even die for each other and their parents who are the greatest enemy and hate each other very much because of whom their was the death of the lover. From this plays we also know that at the time of Shakespeare the people like to watch the play that contain violence and blood so every play set at that time got lot of violence although it is a love story or not. ...read more.

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