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During the play the audience experiences two brawls between the Montagues and the Capulets. Explain how these incidents show the intense hatred between the families and how Shakespeare uses these and other dramatic devices to create tension in Act I, scen

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Shakespeare Coursework DPW Joe Veale 10P 11/02/02 During the play the audience experiences two brawls between the Montagues and the Capulets. Explain how these incidents show the intense hatred between the families and how Shakespeare uses these and other dramatic devices to create tension in Act I, scene i and Act III scene i When this question is posed the first idea is to look at just the fight scenes. Although these give the best picture they are not the only ones that show the hatred. Act I, scene v is a good example of this, as is Act V, scene iii. These are both scenes where the tension is shown to be at its max, although Paris and Romeo's fight is more in distress than in anger it still happens. This is most likely because they have both lost their wife or wife to be. Also Act I, scene v there is an intense display of Tybalt trying to display that he does hate the Montagues and that he, for one, would give his life to destroy them. In this scene Romeo would have probably died had it not been for the restraint of Capulet. ...read more.

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The tension is when the anger inside Romeo is building up and there is a question of whether he will decide to fight Tybalt and answer his challenge and also when Romeo steps into the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt to stop it, and Mercutio gets killed. This shows sheer loathing when Mercutio, who is effectively a Montague, is making fun of Tybalt to Benvolio and when Tybalt turns up and wishes to fight one of the Montagues at the gathering. Their tempers flare up and, on the point of drawing swords, Romeo turns up so that the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio is postponed until Romeo refuses to fight. There is also a great amount of tension, created by the family fearing Romeo's fate; he has killed another man, a crime punishable by the death sentence. But the prince is very lenient with Romeo, he takes into account that the boy has just sped up the course of the law and that the strike was dealt under stress from the death of his friend, so he turns the sentence to banishment. There is a chance that the prince only reduces the sentence as Romeo avenged the death of his own kinsman, but he does put forward good enough argument to convince the people and the audience that this is not the case. ...read more.

Conclusion

The families themselves think that it is worth doing and that they should not stop. They think that right up until the end. The conclusion we draw from the earlier parts of the play is that the Capulets and Montagues are at war, that the hatred is unstoppable and that there is no escape within the city walls. But in the last scene, where Romeo and Juliet die, There is a sense of love between the families as each pledges a golden statue of the others offspring to be placed in Verona, the Capulet vs. Montague war has come to an end and the hatred has been eliminated as the loss was realized. Throughout the play we always see the families at war, so this is a shock to us. The audience never really understands the hatred and the ways that the families are always at war so they just accept things, as they are so when the families kiss and make up the accepted image is thrown. The only reason the families do make up is that they have lost their only hopes of children, Capulet says earlier "earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she", making them realise how pointless the feud actually was and that there was no point in any more fighting. ...read more.

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