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How Does Shakespeare Portray The Theme Of Conflict In Romeo And Juliet?

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How Does Shakespeare Portray The Theme Of Conflict In Romeo And Juliet? Shakespeare has taken this story from a basic tale which can be traced back to the thirteenth century, edited the story a little to make the actions of the characters even more outrageous, for example, Juliet is not even fourteen, and she is already bedding Romeo, whom we must hope is also fourteen, and turned it into one of the most renowned plays of the Elizabethan era, with the theme of conflict. There are many forms of conflict in the world. The most obvious image is that of a tank blowing apart a group of infantry. There are, however, other forms of conflict, such as parent and child when they can not get their homework done, or parent and teacher, when a child gets an unusually low mark. However, in Romeo and Juliet, the conflicts are familial and very violent. Even though this is supposed to be the tale of 'a pair of star-crossed lovers', there is a lot of references to death and ill-fates. Shakespeare explores numerous different types of conflict within this play, including parental and child, as Juliet argues with her parents about her arranged marriage to Paris, which is the last thing that she wants, as she is already married to Romeo. ...read more.


impact on the play, which now do, for instance; 'If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed.', as Juliet says after first meeting Romeo. This is ironic in that, like most ironic things in this play, it is a prediction of what is to come, that the audience knows will come.Much of this irony would be unatainable if the characters had not developed highly distinctive personalities. Shakespeare uses the appearance of a character for the first time to establish what their personality is. For example, Tybalt's first lines include the words 'have at thee coward!', thus establishing him as the hot headed person who enjoys a fight, whereas Benvolio's 'part, fools!' automatically establishes him as the peace keeper within the Montague family, a role he plays throughout the play , and Romeo's words leading up to 'out of her favour where I am in love' indicates to the audience that he is to be a romantic, while the following 'Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first create!' fully realises him as the lovelorn fool of the play, although the lady of his attentions changes early on in the play. ...read more.


Romeo's love is expressed in main by the use of oxymoron's. Shakespeare uses imagery mainly to express Romeos love for Juliet and Rosaline. This he does by using oxymoron's first, to express his feeling about the fact that Rosaline deigns to ignore him. 'Feather of lead', 'cold fire' and 'sick health' are just some of the oxymoron's Shakespeares use of these words would have a lasting effect on literature for generations to come. This play, and other Shakespeare plays, have had a lasting impact on culture, as they introduced to the English language over one thousand different words, many of which are still in use today, or at least people are familiar with today. Many people have emulated Shakespeare's style of writing in the writing of their own plays, and even today, films based on his more popular works are still being made. Lovers today are often likened to Romeo and Juliet. Indeed, possibly the most famous lines of any play, the ones most embedded in the literature aficionado's psyche, are Juliet's' balcony lines ' Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?' and only equalled by, if anything the immortal line ' Alas, poor Yoric' from another of Shakespeare's plays. ?? ?? ?? ?? Darrell Cain ...read more.

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