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"Conflict lies at the heart of 'Romeo and Juliet"Discuss this quotation, with, reference to the key scenes in the play.

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Joe Chambers 11R2 November 2004 "Conflict lies at the heart of 'Romeo and Juliet" Discuss this quotation, with, reference to the key scenes in the play. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was written by William Shakespeare in 1595. Romance is the main theme in the play as well as continuing violence and conflict through families. As the play was written in Elizabethan times, audiences at the time would have expected a fair amount of action or they would not have enjoyed plays, this could resort in actors being shouted abuse at or even physically abused. There is action in the play, and also violence. In this essay I intend to focus in on the conflict in the key scenes of the play. The story of Romeo and Juliet is based on two, young, love struck teenagers going out of their way for love. The story is set in Verona, which is in Italy. Italy is a Catholic country. It was thought that in the day in which the play was written, William Shakespeare, was trying to put the message across, that the Italian people were hateful, and scheming, (it is thought that he tried to prove this through Friar Lawrence's behaviour.) ...read more.

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Then later on when Romeo swears revenge, "And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now." He means by this he will go with what feels right to him. In this case it is killing Tybalt because he has just killed his friend, this again playing a big part in the conflict of the scene due to his change of mind. Status is also used frequently to insult in this scene, it too playing a part in the conflict throughout, for example Tybalt referring to Romeo as a Boy, "Thou wretched boy that didst consort him here." He puts him down as a way of insulting him. Mercutio also uses Status as an insult calling Tybalt a Cat, "Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" He is implying by this that Tybalt is sly like a cat. It is believed that Romeo won't fight Tybalt partly because his love for Juliet has softened him. He himself says this, "O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate," this proves he has not lived up to his reputation turning Tybalt down to a juel. He has become unmanly and soft. Mercutio also notices he is not being himself, "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission." ...read more.

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My fingers itch." This could mean he is going to hit her or he may just be making the threat to show how angry he is. Overall the conflict between Juliet and her Father is portrayed very well throughout the scene. Juliet retaliates to her full potential and her father ends up threatening to throw her out if she does not do as he says, "And you be mine, I'll give you to my friend; And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets." This Showing his ownership. I believe Shakespeare included scenes of violence and conflict to keep audiences interested and to add excitement to the play. The way he uses the two families as being rebellious against each other provides a good base for two lovers to be getting entangled between. This itself bringing much of the conflict to the play. Conflict along with Romance lie directly at the heart of the play. The Capulets and the Montagues despise each other and all the characters are very influenced by their loyalties and this bringing conflict to the heart. Romance is found at the heart as well due to Romeo and Juliets love for each other breaking all traditions and discreetly having a hidden relationship behind their families backs. Both topics go perfectly together creating an exciting and entreating play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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