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How is the conflict caused and presented in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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Lorraine Smith English coursework How is the conflict caused and presented in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? I have been asked to write an essay the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. The aim of this essay is to find how the conflict was caused and presented in Romeo and Juliet. The conflict took place in a place called Verona in the 12th century and it involved two families the Montague's and the capulets. The feud between the two families has been going on for century's and has been passed on throughout generations and was called an "ancient grudge". And finally came to an end after the tragic death of a pair of "star crossed lovers" Romeo and Juliet. In order to understand the conflict I will discuss each individual character and say what there place is in the conflict. Romeo is the son of lord and lady Montague. He is a young boy about sixteen. The first time we see Romeo he is a sad youth with incurable lovesickness that is until he goes to the capulets ball with benvolio and mercutio, where he meets and falls in love with Juliet the daughter of lord and lady Capulet, his family's greatest enemy. ...read more.


Tybalt then ends up fighting mercutio and when Romeo tries to stop the fighting tybalt sneakily stabs mercutio under Romeos arm. To understand the themes I will discuss how Shakespeare puts juxtaposition next to each other. At the beginning of the play we have a fight scene in a public place and we see the two caplets servants Sampson and Gregory and the two Montague's servants Abraham and Balthazar. A spirited exchange of vulgar jokes between the servants opens the play and immediately likes sex with conflict. In their bawdy quarrel, the servants references to "tool" and "naked weapon" together with repeated images of striking and thrusting, illustrate how images of love and sex are intertwined with violence and death and will continue to be throughout the play. The sudden change from the comedy that you see in the begging of the play with the servants to a potentially life threatening situation shows the rapidly changing pace that drives the action for the rest of the play. Benvolio tries to act as a peace maker by dividing the servants but the quick tempered "fiery tybalt" forces him to draw his sword, and the atmosphere changes from harmony to hatred within a few lines. ...read more.


the conflict that occurred between the two families was pointless because as we found out with Romeo and Juliet life is too short to hold a grudge because it just brings tragedy and death. The feud could have been solved a long time ago because nobody can remember what it was about or even why it started. It took the two families losing loved ones and the prince and the other citizens of Verona to suffer because of the feud before the families realized that there was no point in the feud in the first place. Romeo and Juliet is still a very much loved play because it still relates to people that are forbidden to marry certain people maybe because of there race or maybe because there is a feud going on between families like Romeo and Juliet. It still relates to people all over the world because there are a lot of fights and arguments going on that could be resolved with a quiet talk but people like to prove them selves to be the better person so things never get solved. The play also shows there is more to life than violence and the values of love and hate can be very strong. ...read more.

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