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Conflict and Violence are central to the Play "Romeo and Juliet".

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Conflict and Violence are central to the Play "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in the play. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic play which is about to star crossed lovers torn between their feuding families. In Verona, the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues reigns supreme. This rules seemingly over justice and over love. Although 'Romeo and Juliet is about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a civil brawl and ends in tragic death. Romeo and Juliet's young lives are brought to gruesome end, through the violence around them. The Elizabethan period in England had a daily life based on social order. The queen was believed to be God's representation here on Earth. They also believed that God had formed these social ranks and had showered blessings on each rank. By the time Shakespeare was born, Queen Elizabeth I was already on throne. At the time Shakespeare wrote the play, Queen Elizabeth I and England were at war against the Spanish Armada. There was violence and conflict in the real world, therefore this gave William Shakespeare the idea to use it as a main theme in his play 'Romeo and Juliet'. ...read more.

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Mercutio begins to mock Tybalt, 'Here's my fiddlestick; here zounds, consort!' Romeo soon arrives but he doesn't know Tybalt has come looking for him. Romeo wishes not to fight or argue with him, as it will be an insult upon his wife's family, 'Tybalt the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting; villain am I none', Mercutio and Tybalt are unaware of anything Romeo says, so they assume Romeo is being a coward. Tybalt adds 'Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford no better term than this, thou art a villain'. On the other hand, Tybalt being an arrogant, forceful character does not let this go easily. He calls Romeo 'Boy' and says that this does not 'excuse the injuries that thou have done me', Romeo deliberately tries to avoid conflict submission! Mercutio cannot believe his ears. He decides to defend his friend, and he draws his sword. The two begin to fight. Tybalt 'I am for you', this quotation was a typical fencing challenge and it means 'I am the one who is skilled enough to stab you into pieces.' ...read more.

Conclusion

This scene shows how violent Capulet is, even to his family. He throws insults at Juliet and even says, 'My fingers itch.' This shows that he wants to take his anger out physically using his fists. In conclusion, the violence and the conflict that made the play not only a love story but a tragic love story. If the Montagues and the Capulets had just put all their differences aside then Romeo and Juliet would not have contained any violence and conflict Violence and conflict is one of the main themes in Romeo and Juliet which, keeps the audience entertained. All of the brawls that the two families faced showed the deep hatred towards one another. However, it is ironic that the two houses were only able to put their differences aside when they lose the two things that were most precious to them, Romeo and Juliet. This also shows how stubborn the Montagues and the Capulets were. Where ever there is romance, in some way or another there is also violence. The violence follows the romance. William Shakespeare mentions 'two star crossed lovers', this could symbolise fate. What ever happened was destined to take place. Shakespeare included the violence and conflict into the play to show that Romeo and Juliet was not just a love story with a happy ending. ...read more.

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