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How does the violence and conflict in Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet prepare the audience for the events which are to unfold later in the play?

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How does the violence and conflict in Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet prepare the audience for the events which are to unfold later in the play? The play starts off with a prologue that lets the audience know everything that will take place in the play later on. This interests the audience into wanting to know how these events come to place. Although the prologue gives away the story, it is only brief and people still get intrigued by how the play unfolds. In Act 1, Scene 1 there is violence and conflict between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. ...read more.

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When Capulet arrives he calls for his sword, "give me my long sword ho". He has seen that there is a Montague and wants to kill him but Lady Capulet tries to talk him out of it briefly until Montague appears. The Prince arrives and his part is mainly to explain the grudge between the two families to the audience. After he leaves Montague asks Benvolio what happened. Benvolio tells the truth of what happened. All of this violence and conflict is continued throughout the play. For example in Act 1, Scene 5 Tybalt spots Romeo at the party and he goes to tell Capulet. Tybalt is outraged by Romeo's presence but is not allowed to do anything because Capulet won't let him. ...read more.

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Another example is in Act 2, Scene 6 where Friar Laurence says "these violent delights have violent ends," these are words of prophecy which echoes the prophetic language used in Act 1, Scene 1 by Benvolio. Overall the violence and conflict in Act 1, Scene 1 mildly sets the scene for the fights and deaths to come later on in the play. These fights cause many deaths of characters such as Tybalt and Mercutio and they also ruin people. Romeo is banished because of violence and can never see Juliet again. Juliet is confused because she loves Romeo but he killed her cousin. So in the violence and conflict throughout the play affects all of the other characters in the end which proves Friar Laurence's prophetic line above. Matt Adams ...read more.

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