• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Conflict in Romeo and Juliet

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Preparation work for Controlled assessment Conflict means to be at odds with, to differ, fight or have strong disagreement. Therefore conflict has to have at least two characters involved in it. Shakespeare has particularly chosen to use two feuding families from Verona the Capulets and Montagues. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in the late 16th century. Romeo and Juliet is labelled as a tragedy story but also includes other themes about love, friendship and family conflict. The purpose of a theme being to distinguish the writing but also keep the text flowing. The title suggests that Romeo and Juliet will be lovers and since the play is about conflict; that they might be on different sides. Unlike many writers Shakespeare doesn?t leave his reader guessing as he clearly states that the fated lovers will die as a consequence of their feuding. As the two lovers are on separate sides so should hate each other. ...read more.

Middle

Conflict is shown by how fickle Romeo is when in love he seems to divert his attention very quickly. However, by the end of the play Romeo takes part in physical conflict as he is provoked by Tybalt. After killing Tybalt he is then banished from Verona. He shows us how he feels in a soliloquy, ?There is no world without Verona walls,? Romeo loves his wife, Juliet, and feels without there is no meaning to life. To Romeo here, walls are a barrier whereas before in the play he found them easy to climb other. So we can see he has encountered internal conflict along the way. When we read Juliet?s lines we have to remember that she is young and unmarried so according to Verona law is not allowed to leave her household but is told everything by the Nurse. This causes a lot of internal conflict. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lord Capulet ultimately wants Juliet to marry Paris and arranges for their marriage just a few days after she has been wedded to Romeo. Lord Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris as he is rich, ?The most you sought was her promotion.? Conflict is shown by the fact that a Father should love his daughter but LC needs her for money. When she disobeys, he insults her by calling her ?baggage? and ?tallow face?. The reader feels sympathy for both Juliet but also her Father because he has spent so much time to shape Paris into a man worth his daughter and she has had a hard time. Even death creates conflict for Juliet as Romeo hasn?t left any poison in the bottle or on his lips. Juliet?s only friend is the dagger, ?happy dagger?. By this phrase we see that Juliet has a conflicted mind as she thinks opposite to us. A normal person wouldn?t think of a dagger as a lovely object. The dagger is a personified object to make it more real to the reader. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

This essay is underdeveloped and therefore shows only a superficial understanding of the text. It is good that points are trying to be linked but each point does need to be developed individually first.
3 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 06/06/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Diary entries for Juliet

    Glorious fireworks is what I saw when I married Romeo, yes I went through with the marriage. The moment I married Romeo will be the most special memory I will ever possess. I am really, truly grateful to the vicar for risking everything to marry us.

  2. Explore Shakespeare's presentation of the Nurse in 'Romeo and Juliet'

    The nurse then tells Juliet that: 'Tybalt is gone and Romeo banished, Romeo that killed him, he is banished.' Unlike in the previous scene the nurse was in she didn't want to tell Juliet the news she wanted to keep her in suspense.

  1. Is Capulet a Good Father

    This is because now that Juliet is upset that her cousin Tybalt has passed away she feels distress and hurt as her cousin who is very close to him, "She loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly" and now is no longer in this world.

  2. Romeo's Character Development

    This suggests that he is happy again, as he is with Juliet now, and they are soon to marry. This joking around provides a sense of depth of the friendship between Mercutio and Romeo, so later on in the play it seems natural that Romeo should immediately avenge his death at the hands of Tybalt.

  1. Discuss How The Theme Of Conflict Is Presented In 'Romeo and Juliet'.

    In Act Five Scene Three another battle breaks out, this time between Romeo and Paris. Paris is killed here- "O I am slain". Overall, the audience can see that physical conflict is just one of the forms of tension that are presented in 'Romeo and Juliet'.

  2. The concept of fate - Romeo and Juliet

    to try and kill Romeo: "I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet; convert to bitt'rest gall." (I, vi, lines 91-92) The two families' rage here is shown and also fate takes its slow coarse and death is already foreshadowed.

  1. Romeo and Juliet: What dramatic function does conflict serve in this story

    Sampson 'Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them, which will disgrace them if they can bear it'. This shows you how Sampson and Gregory provoke Abraham and Balthazar to fight. This links to the prologue because it shows the two family's fighting, the 'ancient grudge'.

  2. Romeo and Juliet: Love vs. Hate

    He is basically saying he owns her face, which may come across as chauvinistic and slightly creepy. Also when he kisses her it is portrayed to be very formal and stiff whereas Romeo's kisses are very passionate. Another type of love shown is the love that is shared by many of the characters; it is a bond of friendship.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work