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Death and Violence In Romeo and Juliet

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DEATH AND VOILENCE IN ROMEO AND JULIET Prologue: 'Romeo and Juliet' by Shakespeare is a play which illustrates how discrimination and intolerance leads to death and violence. The play is known to be a tragedy and as it says in the prologue the platy was really known as the 'Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet'. It is abut two personalities who fall in love. The both of them are from two totally different families which have unimaginable hatred and enmity far each other. It is known that the two families are the same in dignity, pride and social status,"Two households both alike in dignity" From ancient, grudge a break to new mutiny". Death and violence runs through out the play. It is shown when the two families, the Montague's and the Capulet's fight. In cases Death, fighting and brutality occurs. Violence in the play starts when the servants of both families confront each other; they insult one another; this turns into a street fight between the two families. The play ends with the death of both Romeo and Juliet. "Pair of stars crossed lovers takes their life". The play had a wonderful response from the sixteenth century audience. Death and violence in the play made it exciting, intense, interesting and created suspense for the audience. The first scene begins as Abram and Benvolio are confronted by Sampson, Gregory and Tybalt; as the situation builds up it turns in to a brutal street brawl between Benvolio who is a close friend of Romeo and Tybalt who is the nephew of Lord Capulet. ...read more.


As we know Tybalt is of a very violent and destructive nature and has sworn to get Romeo. Romeo shows up and Tybalt starts to insult him despite this he doesn't get angry balt: "Boy this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me, therefore turn around and draw". Seeing this Mercutio gets angry and accepts the challenge instead of Romeo. Keeping the princes warning in mind Benvolio suggests moving the fight to a private place, "We talk here in the haunt of men; either withdraw into a private place". Unfortunately Mercutio got injured seeing this Romeo got angry and challenged Tybalt. The challenge was accepted, Romeo was so angry that to avenge his friends death he killed Tybalt in battle. Both families gathered up along with prince Escales. Romeo was banished from Verona by the prince and the brawl ended taking the lives of two characters Tybalt and Mercutio. The scene turns out two have a tragic ending. Shakespeare has really won the interest of the audience by changing the former atmosphere into a dramatic atmosphere. As we have seen till now Shakespeare has shown Lord Capulet to be a caring father but this scene reveals his personality in a totally different way. When Juliet refused to marry Paris, Lord Capulet completely changed. He became abusive, aggressive and violent, or in other words he turned against Juliet. Obviously the audience would know that in Shakespeare time the daughters would have been very subservient they were expected to be obedient and dutiful to their parents, as Juliet was up to this period. ...read more.


The quotes give the audience an idea for what is about to happen. This scene was written before the climax to stall the horrifying outcome of the play. This is the climax of the play. We know that the play is tragedy of two lovers who take their lives. The audience from the beginning wren made to think that there would be a happy ending, but this was not to be. If Romeo would have come after Juliet had woken up then they would have been reunited. But unfortunately the play had a horrifying and depressing ending. Romeo arrives, Juliet wakes up, thinking that she is dead. Romeo couldn't bear the thought of living without her .So he killed himself by drinking the poison, which he got from Balthazar. Romeo saying these words, "Oh! My love....my life....man inferred". Moments after Romeo dies Juliet wakes up and sees him dead. Juliet gets hold of his dagger and kills herself, "Oh happy dagger, this is my sheath. There rest and let me die". As we see such a tragic ending, the audience would feel a lot of sympathy for them. And thinking that if Romeo had arrived just a while later they would get to see an happy ending. From my view the play 'Romeo and Juliet' turned out to have two sides. On one side Romeo and Juliet's love and on the other side the enmity between their families. Their love has really touched everyone, the audience and the readers. It can be set as an example for others. Death and violence adds to the play because it makes the audience want to watch the whole play. ...read more.

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