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Fights throughout the play of Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

There are many fights throughout the play, including the final one between Romeo and Paris. Write about each scene in turn, looking at: * What causes each fight; * Who is involved and what roles they play; * What affect each fight has on the development of the rest of the play. Act1 Scene1 In this part of the play there is a fight between the Montagues and the Capulets, this is started by the Capulet servants insulting the Montague servants. Gregory and Sampson the Capulet servants insult the Montague servants, "I will bite my thumb at them". This leads to a verbal fight between Sampson, Gregory, Benvolio and Abram. The verbal fight then turns into a sword fight. Benvolio tries to keep the peace and asks Tybalt for his help in keeping the peace. Benvolio says, "I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me". Tybalt has no intention of keeping the peace and replies to Benvolio, "What! Drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montague's and thee". That leads Tybalt and Benvolio to join. The citizens of Verona join in the fight with Lord Capulet and Lord Montague joining in as well. ...read more.

Middle

Romeo tries to ignore the insults that Tybalt is saying to him. Tybalt orders Romeo to take out his sword and fight with him. Tybalt wants to fight with Romeo because Romeo was at the Capulet party. Mercutio says to Tybalt "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission! ... Will you walk?" Tybalt's reply to that is "I am for you". This leads to Mercutio and Tybalt starting a fight. Mercutio's death is upsetting for Romeo, as he died trying to stop Tybalt fighting with Romeo. "A plague o' both your house! I am sped", this is a curse to both Montague and Capulet houses! It means, "I am killed". When Romeo sees that Mercutio is dying he becomes angry with Tybalt for killing him. He shows this when he says, "This gentle man the prince's near ally, my very friend, hath got his mortal hurt". He then sets out to find Tybalt. Romeo kills Tybalt because he is angry with him for killing his best friend Mercutio. As a result of Mercutio and Tybalt's deaths the Prince sends Romeo to Mantua and if he ever returns to Verona he will be killed. "And for that offence immediately we do exhile him". This scene effects the rest of the play because, Romeo gets sent to Mantua so he and Juliet can not be together. ...read more.

Conclusion

Paris and Romeo having a fight and Romeo killing himself. Act 5 Scene 3 In this scene Paris has gone to Juliet's tomb. Romeo thinks Juliet is dead, after he does not receive a message from Friar Laurence to say she is not dead. Paris is at Juliet's tomb saying his prayers. When he hears footsteps he hides. Romeo opens the tomb to find Paris hiding in it. This is the first time that Romeo and Paris have met in the play. Romeo and Paris have an argument because Paris believes Romeo is there to do something to Juliet's body. Their argument leads to them fighting. "Wilt thou provoke me? Then have at thee, boy!" In their fight Romeo ends up Killing Paris. Paris asks Romeo to lay him in the tomb with Juliet. Romeo does this out of respect for Paris. Conclusion In the end all of the young characters in the play die except Benvolio. Both of the families suffer a great loss over the young lovers, Romeo and Juliet. The Montagues and Capulets realise that their feud has gone on for long enough and as a result of their constant fighting many young lives have been lost. They decide to end their quarrelling and the Montagues and Capulets become friends. I think that it is good that the Montagues and Capulets resolve their differences and become friends, but it's to late to save the lives of the Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt. ...read more.

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