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How is Conflict used in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet to help keep the scene moving?

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a tragic romance which is about two warring families. Although it is a play about love there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a prologue which tells the audience what to expect and prepares the audience for the tragedy to come. The violence in the play happens because of the "ancient grudge" between the two families and this is what leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare and was performed in the late 1500's. It is set in the Renaissance period. When Shakespeare wrote the play, Queen Elizabeth the First ruled England and she loved the theatre. People in the 16th century were fond of any sort of entertainment. They liked watching plays so it was important for Shakespeare to keep his plays as exiting as possible because the people who couldn't afford the seats would have to stand in cramped conditions for the duration of the play, so if it was not interesting then they would just leave. An audience would have liked Romeo and Juliet as it appealed to men and woman and it contained lots of themes. ...read more.


But the other characters know nothing of this so it's a big mystery why he isn't jumping at the chance to quarrel with Tybalt. Romeo cleverly uses his language to try to avoid telling the truth but also not to lie, so tells "half truths". This is similar to Juliet's word games when she is talking to her parents and trying to hide the reason why she doesn't want to marry Paris "Not proud, you have; but thankful, that you have: Proud can I never be of what I hate; But thankful even for hate, that is meant love." This clever use of words is very humorous for the audience and is an easy way to keep them entertained. It keeps the audience watching as it is very interesting. When Mercutio is slain by Tybalt it seems obvious that it's Tybalt's fault, but its' not. All the characters are partially to blame for his death. Benvolio was arguing and winding Mercutio up before Tybalt entered. If he had not, and Mercutio had been level headed, he may have not started trying to fight and just told Tybalt to go away. Tybalt is the most obvious person to blame, but he was coaxed into the fight and didn't even kill Mercutio purposely, in some ways he could be said to be the least to blame. ...read more.


Romeo and Juliet can be seen as a play of two halves. The first is a light hearted comedy, but the other is a much darker more violent and the split is in Act 3 Scene 1 where Tybalt slays Mercutio. Shakespeare, by placing conflict in the middle of his play, keeps the audience constantly entertained and the structure is one of the ingredients of the play that keeps it so successful and exciting. Act 3 Scene 1 is the most exciting and pivotal scene because it is full of tension and exciting action but also tragedy and sadness. The play is very enjoyable because it includes many different styles and themes but also some brilliant uses of language, many of which can be seen in Act 3 Scene 1, and also some very enjoyable characters who are full of life and many people can relate to one or more of them. All this means that it is as enjoyable to a modern audience as it was to an audience 400 years ago and will probably be just as enjoyable for years to come. The overall message of the play is that true love can be found but conflict and violence will only lead to tragedy and pain for many people. ?? ?? ?? ?? Adam Merrison Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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