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Examine Shakespear's Use of Conflict In Act 1 Scene5

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EXAMINE SHAKESPEAR'S USE OF CONFLICT IN ACT 1 SCENE 5 I believe conflict has a number of different meanings, like a fight or perhaps a feud or maybe even just an everyday argument. But also it could be referred to as a clash, not as a physical clash but a clash of two different things completely opposite coming together. An example of this is black and white clashing together completely opposite colours. In Romeo and Juliet act 1 scene 5 the first part of conflict is between Romeo and Juliet themselves when she is dancing with another man. This is conflict because Romeo still doesn`t know she is a capulet, but has taken an immediate liking to her and has to get past this man first. This part is when Romeo says "what lady`s which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight". This is his first sight of Juliet and he is probably thinking, who is this man dancing with this girl. This scene is also ironic because Juliet was supposed to get set up with Paris but got set up with Romeo. ...read more.


This is very strong potential conflict as it is the clash between Capulet and Montague to very opposite families. There is conflict here to give the idea of suspense to the audience that there maybe a fight or a feud. That is why Shakespeare uses very strong language when Tybalt sais "to strike him dead I hold it not a sin". In this he is saying that to kill him it wouldn't bother him. Shakespeares next use of conflict is to show the differences in agreement between Tybalt and Capulet, Capulet just wants peace and for things to run smoothly like when he sais "content thee, gentle coz, let him alone". In that he is saying it would be best to leave him alone he isn`t doing any harm. However Tybalt wants to show authority and get rid of Romeo from the party when he sais, "it fits when such a villain is a guest". He is saying that Romeo is a Villain and is not a guest at the party. This conflict of disagreement ends in a feud when Capulet calls him a goodman boy (unmannerly child) ...read more.


There inner conflict here between Romeo and Juliet as Romeo is probably confused about the whole thing, the woman he has fell in love with is not really perfect it is almost impossible for them to have a relaxed and normal relationship. The final part of conflict in this scene is between Juliet and the Nurse, Juliet is trying to bring in the subject of Romeo "Come hither, nurse. What is yond gentleman?" She asks of his name and sais, "My grave is like to be my wedding-bed". That meaning she will die if she can`t marry him, this shows great sign`s of love and affection for Romeo. This is also ironic as she ends up married to Romeo and lying dead next to him. This use of language is to show the inseparable bond between them, which gives the effect to the audience of true love. Throughout the play Shakespeare uses conflict in different ways, he uses inner conflict to show feelings and emotions. He uses physical conflict to show the fierce clash between Capulet and Montague. He uses potential to create the effect of what might happen. He also uses it to help the audience understand and know what is going on in the play and to even create suspense at some points. ...read more.

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