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Comment on Shakespeare's use of violence in "Romeo and Juliet".

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Comment on Shakespeare's use of violence in "Romeo and Juliet" During this essay, I will explore how Shakespeare uses violence in Romeo and Juliet. I think he does this to involve the audience. During the play, the audience feel very involved the play because of the prologue, which warned the audience of the tragic end. There is a lot of death like language used all through the play. The sense of violence and blood shed is introduced to the audience in the very first scene 1 act 1. I think Shakespeare also uses violence or the threat of it to show us more about the characters when they are in sticky situations, like when Tybalt sees Romeo at the Capulet feast and is angry because of his uncle's decision to let Romeo be. Shakespeare uses violence as a connection to the next key scene. Shakespeare starts the play with bloodshed between the two families servants to show how deep the ancient grudge goes. In those days, rich families like the Capulet and Montagues also had their own private little armies. The first scene is where the servants have a street brawl and both the Montagues and Capulets are given their first warning, given by the Prince Escales "If ever you disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". I think Shakespeare started the play with this scene to excite and make the audience feel the suspense after the prologue. ...read more.

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The weather is ominous; it's preparing the audience for the action ahead. Benvolio and Mercutio are in a public place, which is not a good place to fight because of the Prince's warning earlier. Benvolio being the great peace maker, he can smell the hate and bloodshed from miles away and warns and asks Mercutio of going in doors "...good Mercutio, lets retire: The day is hot, the Capels are aboard, And if we meet we shall not escape a brawl, For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring". Benvolio and Mercutio's conversation is funny because Mercutio accuses Benvolio of being a trouble maker when we know its quite the opposite. This shows how Mercutio can pick a fight whenever he wants too. This is a warning of something similar happening in the future. Tybalt and Mercutio's conversation reminds us that neither Mercutio nor Benvolio have told Romeo about Tybalt's challenge "Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo". As Benvolio's smell of danger got stronger he tried to warn Mercutio once again "We talk here in the public haunt of men" "...here all eyes gaze on us" Benvolio tried to remind them of the Prince's judgment but Mercutio had other things on his mind "Men's eyes were made to look, and let them gaze", Mercutio didn't seem to care. When Romeo arrives from his wedding very happy and when Tybalt tries to pick a fight with Romeo. ...read more.

Conclusion

This made me think what a fool, she is alive. The fact that Romeo doesn't know this, which made me, feel kind of angry because he kills himself although Juliet is alive. When Juliet wakes up and sees her love dead. She wishes he had left here some poison as well ".... drunk all and left no friendly drop..." this shows how much she wants to be with Romeo no matter where he is. Juliet is young and beautiful; she has a long life ahead of her. The Friar offers Juliet a way to escape the mess. Instead Juliet decides to stay with Romeo and kill herself Juliet hasn't really been exposed to the world and has had a sheltered up bringing the way she killed her self with her lovers dagger is violent and shocking but it shows the intensity of her love for Romeo. The Capulets and Montagues finally end their feud but it's taken a lot for that to happen, even the Prince sees this " Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague? See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love" God has found that killing your children with love will stop your hatred. The Prince also decides not to punish anybody because of their losses are punishment enough. Just like the way Mercutio said they would be in his dying words. In conclusion I think that Shakespeare uses violence as the driving force of the play ...read more.

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