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By a close examination of three scenes, show how Shakespeare presents the theme of conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Romeo And Juliet - Coursework By a close examination of three scenes, show how Shakespeare presents the theme of conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' The play 'Romeo And Juliet' was written in 1562. The play is about two people, Romeo and Juliet, who fall in love. The play comes to a dramatic climax when the two lovers are forced into the solution of taking their own lives. Romeo and Juliet are from different families, the Montague, and The Capulet family. From the start of the play the two families are in close feud. Romeo and Juliet decide to go against their families beliefs and get married. The feud between the two families is sure to come to a violent end as stated by the friar when he says " These Violent delights have violent ends" this has its roots in the feuding environment. The play opens on the streets of Verona in a hot-bed of highly charged feelings. ...read more.

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The servants use vulgar puns to make each side more offended and angry. Shakespeare is trying to create and image of strong power on each side as shown when animal references are used. E.g. when Gregory says "tis well thou art not fish". Shakespeare in trying to show each side as quick-witted families. However their feud is so strong that they are forced to fight in the streets. Mercutio is Romeos best friend. He is hot headed and has times where he goes over the top with his anger. When challenging in a fight by the Capulets he will not stand down. Tybalt is also hot headed and is always looking for a fight. He always looks for any excuse to attack the Montague family. He is Juliet's cousin and because of this feels he has the right to protect he from and Montague's. They both will use their language to their advantage in fights. With cleverly designed puns and rude insults. ...read more.

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He then asks his wife " have you delivered to he our decree", meaning 'Have u told her about the plan for her to marry Paris.' Lord Capulets actions during this scene are fair due to the standards of Elizabethan England in 1562. Lord Capulet in this scene shows and overpowering degree of authority over Juliet. Capulet says "I tell thee what: get thee to church a Thursday, or never after look me in the face." Meaning If you do not marry Paris on Thursday then you must never look me in the face again.' This is a bold statement for lord Capulet to say to his daughter. He is trying to frighten her into marrying Paris. The play Romeo and Juliet is a play showing contrasts. These are the contrasts between love and hate, order and disorder, light and darkness etc. The prince of Verona shows a certain degree of order and law. however he has not got the power to bring the feuding of the two families to an end. The only thing that finally restores the peace is the death of the lovers Romeo and Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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