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How important is conflict in Romeo and Juliet? Do you think the outcome of the play was fuelled by any of the conflicts you have identified?

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How important is conflict in Romeo and Juliet? Do you think the outcome of the play was fuelled by any of the conflicts you have identified? Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play about the love relationship between the young Romeo and Juliet, who belong to 2 ancient family names that hold a grudge against each other, the Montague's and the Capulet's. There are also many other conflicts which ultimately stop Romeo and Juliet form being together. The story was written by the famous play writer, William Shakespeare, and originated the poem, 'the Tragicalle Historye' of Romeo and Juliet written in 1452. Throughout the play conflict is a very important issue and was the main reason the relationship ended in tragedy. In Romeo and Juliet, conflict is the focal point of the play as most of the story is based around this. The conflict in the play is introduced through nature, social and personal levels of feud. The first major conflict that is essential to the play, and is the backbone of the whole story is the feud between the families, the Montague's and the Capulet's is very important as it is introduced in the prologue, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" showing that the conflict has existed for many generations and once again the feud has arisen to boiling point. ...read more.

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Friar Lawrence tries to show him this, "So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes." From this we can see that Romeo does not know that he wants as he is very insecure and unsure about his feelings. This can also be seen through his dreams, "I dreamt a dream tonight", referring to fate he sees problems and misgivings further adding to his inner conflict Once again this conflict has a major effect over the course of the play as it leads and triggers the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. We also have the first insight into Romeos character and we learn that he is fickle and headstrong, mainly due to the reason that he rushes into believing that he is in love with Juliet, also rushing into decisions without letting his feelings grow. This is shown by the fact that Romeo decides to marry Juliet within a week of seeing her. Maybe if Romeo had let his feelings grow he would have thought rationally and takes things step at a time, stopping any major problems from arising. It also helps to cause further feuds between Juliet, her father and the death of Mercutio through Tybalt which he could have easily stopped if he wasn't blinded by the sense of responsibility and love. ...read more.

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It also meant that Romeo was banished form Verona. This affects the relationship with Juliet as if he did not kill Tybalt he would not have been banished from Verona. Capulet would not have accepted the marriage proposal form Paris, and Juliet would not have taken the potion which tricked Romeo into his death, leading to the deaths of both of them, showing that once again conflict was the main driving force of the tragedy. In conclusion I believe that conflict plays a major role in the success of Romeo and Juliet as a tragic production. This is because without conflict the story would not carry the message of how people should put their quarrels to bed before they have disastrous effects and make you realise that people should live together in peace and harmony. Conflict is the backbone of the play with one major feud branching off into many other smaller feuds between various characters. Romeo and Juliet would be meaningless with out feuds as it helps to keep the play moving by adding an extra dimension, this can be seen in any story as without feuds no story would be successful. This is specifically shown in Romeo and Juliet wit the play being built around the feud between the two families grudges over each other, causing the relationship between Romeo and Juliet to be kept secret and further tearing them apart. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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