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Conflict in Romeo and Juliet

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´╗┐Conflict in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a timeless love story about two ?star crossed lovers? whose love is destined to fail due to an ongoing conflict between their two families which has been going on since before the lovers were even born. The story line has been an inspiration to many modern day stories such as the hit west end musical ?west side story.? The conflict between the two families has often been compared to the ongoing brawl between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. From the beginning it is evident that conflict will play a large role in the play. The prologue states ?from ancient grudge? this gives us the impression that conflict between these two families is not a new thing but has been going on for a long period of time. Although we are not told how the feud between the Montague?s and the Capulet?s began it is made clear that whatever happened was serious. For example in the opening scene there is a huge battle between the two families in the street where even servants are getting involved. When Old Montague and Capulet enter we can see that it is not just the younger family members who keep this feud going but also the older members. ...read more.


The loyalty Romeo has for Juliet not only caused the death of the friendship between himself and Mercutio but also the death of Mercutio himself. ?O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate and in my temper softened valor?s steel!? Mercutio?s last words are ?A plague on both your houses.? A dead mans curse that will soon be fulfilled. When Mercutio is slain by Tybalt, Romeo is enraged and the underlying conflict springs to life which then leads to Romeo killing Tybalt. The Capulet?s are enraged and this adds fuel to the fire of the ?ancient grudge.? Not only is the conflict in the play physical but it is aloes emotional. Both Romeo and Juliet know that it is wrong to be in love but there is nothing they can do about it. ?My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown and known too late. Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy.? In their heads they know it is wrong but their heart says its right, they both have conflict between head and heart. ?Can I go forward when my heart is here?? Romeo seeks Friar Lawrence to marry himself and Juliet, the Friar is irresponsible in agreeing to marry them so rationally and without needing a lot of persuasion. ...read more.


But thankful even for hate that is meant love.? Capulet?s response makes it very clear that she will do as he says no matter how she feels. ?To go with Paris to Saint Peters Church or I will drag thee on hurdle thither. Out, you green sickness, carrion! Out, you baggage. You tallow face!? There is also two more victims? of the conflict, Lady Montague who dies of a broken heart before the families make their peace. We are not told what broke her heart there are some clues that lead us to think that it was the death of Tybalt mixed with the early ?death? of her beloved daughter Juliet that caused her tragic unnecessary death. The last is Paris who whilst guarding the tomb of Juliet is needlessly killed by Romeo. The ?ancient grudge? between the two families took the lives of many people throughout the years it lasted but unfortunately it took the tragic death of the beloved children of the two families to end it. ?Capulet, Montague, see what scourge is laid upon you hate the heaven finds means to kill your only joys with love.? The light of Romeo and Juliet ?burnt out? alongside the light of the conflict of the two families. It is just a pity that lives had to be lost to attain this peace which the Prince rightly describes as ?glooming peace.? ...read more.

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