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How important is the theme of conflict in Romeo and Juliet?

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How important is the theme of conflict in the play Romeo and Juliet? Conflict is the struggle found in fiction. There are mainly two kinds internal and external, internal being a struggle that takes place in a characters mind. For example, a character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem. External conflict is a struggle between another character, or maybe a struggle with nature. For example, the story may be the main character struggling against the artic cold. Conflict is used in all good dramas such as: Soaps, movies, books etc. Conflict is necessary in every story. In short stories there is usually one major conflict. In longer stories, there could be several conflicts. Conflict adds excitement and suspense to a story. The conflict usually becomes clear to the beginning of a story. As the plot unfolds, the reader starts to wonder what will happen next and how the characters will handle the situation. Many readers enjoy trying to predict the final outcome. The excitement usually builds to a high point, or climax. The climax is the turning point of the story. Something has happened to resolve the conflict. Dramatists and script writers include conflicts in their dramas because they like to grip the audience, have them on the edge of there seats. They want them to watch more and continue having an interest in the play or drama. I think conflict is important in Romeo and Juliet because that is the theme of the play. The whole play is a love struck tragedy. ...read more.

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He gives the two households a warning that the next person to start a fight on the street will pay with their life. "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." The Montague's, especially, Tybalt have a desire to keep this grudge ongoing for years to come. They always start the fights and usually end up finishing them too. When I watched Baz Luhrman's interpretation of the film, I predicted there would be another fight. The audience stay gripped on the book/film/play because they want to know if another fight will break out and if someone will end up paying with their life. In this, the second part of Act One Scene One is a complete contrast to the first part. Romeo is suffering, He's in love with a girl names Rosaline, but she doesn't feel the same as Romeo does. This is making Romeo depressed and he can't stop thinking about her. Benvolio tells Romeos parents that he will find out what is wrong with him; there is a change in tone at his point. "See where he comes. So please you step aside; I'll know his grievance or much is denied". His father also talks about Romeo being sad and wanting to be alone and not to talk to anybody. But he then sees Juliet at the Capulet's party forgets about Rosaline and falls in love with Juliet. Love at first sight. ''Now Romeo is beloved, and loves again'' This shows how fickle Romeo is. Shakespeare intended to make the audience feel like they were included in the play. ...read more.

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The language used in this scene was very violent, lot of shouting and verbal abuse aimed towards each other, which was very interesting. I think the theme of conflict is so very important in this play because it is the backbone of the whole story. The whole play is based on tragedy, which you can tell will contain conflict. If there were no fighting in the play, there would basically be no play. In every Act and Scene, there is drama and conflict. This is what keeps the audience entertained and gripped to the story. If there were to be no verbal conflict or violence in his play, nobody would come to watch it because it would be so boring. There'd be nothing to be intrigued in, nothing exciting, and the actors would be covered in rotten fruit and vegetables by the time the show finishes. I think Love and Hatred are both equally important in this play.Without Romeo and Juliet falling in love, Romeo would still be upset about Rosaline and neither Romeo nor Juliet would have died at the end. The families would probably still have that ''ancient grudge'' ongoing. I think the conflict in this play would still appeal to a modern audience, yes. I mean Romeo and Juliet fall in love, but are from rival families, Juliet pretends to kill herself, Romeo hears about it, and he kills himself just as Juliet awakes. So she sees Romeo dead and so she kills herself. It's just so dramatic, and entertaining, I would defiantly recommend this play to anyone. ...read more.

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