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How important is the Theme of Conflict in the Play Romeo and Juliet

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How important is the Theme of Conflict in the Play Romeo and Juliet? Conflict is used in all good dramas, for example the Mitchell family and the Watts' family feud in Eastenders, is a good example of a popular soap with conflict used between the two families. Dramatists and script-writers have conflicts in their dramas, because it involves the audience by making it tense, this makes the audience want to keep watching and to find out what happens. Conflict is important in Romeo and Juliet because this is what the story is mainly about; the two families constantly fighting and in conflict. The rivalry between the Montagues and the Capulets is the main theme of the story of Romeo and Juliet so this is important. The main type of conflict that appear in the play Romeo and Juliet, is the fighting and hatred between the Montague and the Capulet family. There is internal and external conflict in Romeo and Juliet, internal, being that Romeo loves Juliet but knows his family is opposed to it, and external, being that Romeo kills Tybalt. I am going to discuss conflict in the prologue, Act one, Scene one, and also Act three, scene five. A prologue is an introduction; it occurs at the beginning of a play, its purpose is to give the audience an introduction to the play. ...read more.

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The effect this has on the audience is that it suggests that conflict is, and will be important in the play. Act one, Scene one is straight after the prologue the plays structure is important, this is because all plays start with an introduction to the characters, this is important because not only does this give you a brief idea of what is going on but it also informs the audience of who is who in the play. The structure of the main part of the play in which a lot of things happen and change the outcome of the end of the play. The end of the play is an important part of the play too, as this is where the play is summed up and is an end to all problems in the middle part of the play. By the end of Act one scene one; the audience are expecting Romeo to be more interested in other girls, and to stop thinking of the woman he loves, as she does not love him. This is what Benvolio asks Romeo to do and so the audience cannot be sure that this is going to happen. This play has the a theme of oxymoron as an oxymoron is like two different things put together which may mean two completely different things like 'an easy problem'. ...read more.

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Lord Capulet has a desire to get involved with the conflict, he asks for his sword and tries to get involved and says; 'What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!' Lord Montague also has a desire to get involved with the conflict he exclaims; 'Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not, let me go.' Lord Montague is calling Lord Capulet a villain and tells Lady Montague not to stop him from getting involved. This tells us that the two characters could be where all the conflict begins between the Montagues and the Capulets. This also tells us that these two characters are aggressive. The conflict in act three, scene five is very different from that in act one, scene one. This is shown as is starts with the two lovers, as they try to tear themselves away from each other before Romeo is discovered and put to death. Romeo and Juliet in turn try to persuade each other that it is not time for them to part. Examples of this is; 'It was the nightingale, and not the lark, that pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.' Juliet has a premonition that she sees Romeo lying dead; 'Methinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb.' The effect this has on the audience is that it lets them know Romeo may die soon. ...read more.

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