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Explore Shakespeare's Presentation Of Conflict In Act One Of 'Romeo And Juliet'

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Explore Shakespeare's Presentation Of Conflict In Act One Of 'Romeo And Juliet' The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is written by an author named William Shakespeare. 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the all time classics of not only Shakespearean but of all plays. It remains like this because of its timeless story that has allowed for reinvention across a variety of media. Its treatment of a deep seated hatred bordering the essence of romanticism make it a highly interesting text for study in this century, examining the types of conflict that arise throughout its length. The conflict in the play mainly consists between two families, the Montague's and the Capulet's "two households both alike in dignity". The parental conflict that proceeds throughout Act One doesn't occur as much as the conflict in the rest of the family members. During Act One, Scene One of 'Romeo And Juliet' a family feud arises after Sampson and Gregory, two servants of the house of Capulet, think that it would be fun to bite their thumbs at members of the Montague family on purpose to wind them up. This action in Elizabethan times would appear quite rude and offensive towards others, "Nay as they dare. ...read more.


These statements could equally show how pathetically shallow Romeo is by getting so worked up about Rosaline and then be able to just forget her when he meets Juliet. Shakespeare's use of oxymorons alters the audience's perception of Romeo either they see him as the great dashing lover or they see him as a pathetic teenage lovesick puppy, it also foreshadows the forbidden love to come through the use of opposites. The first statements have the positive words first then the last few have the negative words first indicating the direction of the play, which is happiness fading into sadness. For the first time in Romeos' life he meets a girl and has romantic love for her rather than sexual love, which is what he felt for Rosaline previously, "did my heart love till now? ...... For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." The idea of fate is a source of much conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet', from the outset the audience is informed that these are "star cross'd lovers" and hence whatever actions that follow are entirely determined by fate, despite their best actions to change this otherwise. ...read more.


In conclusion the conflict that Shakespeare has portrayed throughout Act One has varied. The quarrel between the two rivaling families is a conflict in its own, and conjures many disagreements and brawls against each other. The conflict in feelings for Romeo towards his loves Rosaline and Juliet are completely different, because his undying, unrequited love towards Rosaline only occurred because he was so in love with the idea of being in love, whereas his love for Juliet was real and sincere, not just a youthful infatuation. The effects that are given by Shakespeare of conflict create many different moods, such as anger when the families fight and depression when Romeo describes his unrequited love and even when he mentions his premonition of his own death. Love is a main mood that is created through religious language between Romeo and Juliet when they meet for the first time, "o then dear saint," and "Ay pilgrim lips that they must use in prayer." Religious language is also used after they have their first kiss when Juliet tells Romeo what a good kisser he is, "you kiss by th' book." Shakespeare develops an atmosphere where you get engulfed into the story and can feel exactly what is said in the play. By Alex Smith 10Mercury ...read more.

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