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Conflict is central to Romeo and Juliet

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Michael Hahn Miss Armitage Conflict is central to 'Romeo and Juliet' Explain how Shakespeare introduces this theme with detailed reference to Act 1 Scene1 "Romeo and Juliet" is a famous play that was written by William Shakespeare in 1595; with it being first published in 1597. It is probably the most well known of William Shakespeare's plays. Incidentally "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragedy, in other words the play will end with tragic events, in this play it ends with both Romeo and Juliet taking their lives. The play is set in the town of Verona and details the lives of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The Montagues and Capulets (the families that Romeo and Juliet are part of) are two rival families that live in Verona. There is an ancient feud between the two families. In William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" (1591-6), conflict appears several times and in several different forms, and is perhaps the- key theme in the play. It is used throughout the play however is most evident in Act 1 Scene 1, which introduces both main types of conflict which continue to run through the remainder of the play. ...read more.


The quarrel is very bawdy, (which could more easily be compared with a scene from one of Shakespeare's comedies - if you did not know better, you may assume this was a comedy, not a tragedy). However the opening of the play bears no reflection to the certainly tragic ending. Gregory is quite an honest, ordinary character who always notices Sampson's self confidence and makes fun of it "'Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John." , whereas Sampson is proud, boastful and outgoing- despite his real cowardice when it comes to actually facing his enemy. He is also quite boastful of his sexual prowess, saying that he will "thrust his maids to the wall"! This suggests that they almost want enemies to arrive so that they can find out who is the bravest. Sampson bites his thumb to provoke an attack from the Montague's without the on watching public knowing. They address each other rather politely "sir" so that people who hear them do not believe that they are trying to start the fight, whilst also being sarcastic. After the fight Romeo Montague's cousin Benvolio comes to the scene. ...read more.


It introduces some of the characters and shows their state of mind clearly; it also gives information that will resurface later in the play, such as Romeo's fickleness with relation to love. The similarities between the two types of conflict are clear, showing how people are affected by both types of conflict. The 2 types of turmoil reflect each other throughout the play, right to the final scene where both are finished by the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. I think that each character- in some small way- shows both type of conflict. The two types of conflict are similar as they both cause people a lot of difficulties throughout the play, they both leave scars (visible or not). The conflicts also show differences: the physical conflict is external and leaves marks that can be seen; whereas the emotional conflict is internal and although it may be more painful it leaves no scars on the outside. They both intertwine throughout the play, and they meet in rather a violent way at the end, which leaves both physical (the deaths of Romeo and Juliet) and emotional (the grievance and sorrow of both families) conflict with the characters this reflects the idea of conflict being a central theme throughout the whole play, not only Act 1 Scene 1. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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