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

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Lorraine 02/12/04 English coursework How is the conflict caused and presented in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? I have been asked to write an essay on the Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The aims of this essay are to find out how the conflict was caused and presented in this play. I know that the conflict was in the 12 century and in a place called Verona which is in Italy and that it was between the Montagues and the Capulets but nether us or them know or remembers why it started because it was called "an ancient grudge" which has been continued throughtout each generation. In order to understand the conflict I will discuss each individual character and say what their place is in the conflict. Tybalt is a nephew to lord and lady Capulet and a cousin to Juliet. Although he does not speak much through the play he has a big impact on the outcome of it. Throughout the play he demonstrates his angry, resentful and stubborn nature. We first see him at the act 1 scene 1 and straightaway we see him as an angry person who takes the feud to heart "peace I hate the word as I hate hell all Montagues and thee". ...read more.

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But then when she meets Romeo all changes all she cares about is Romeo she even gets married to him behind her parents back. She put all her trust and future into Romeo and even turns against her closest friend the nurse when she turns against Romeo. When her parents want her to marry Paris she says no but then they stop talking to her so she says yes but goes to the Friar for help. He gives her a potion that will make her look dead but she will just be in a deep sleep so she doesn't have to marry Paris. 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 Sampson and Gregory who are servants to the Capulets and Abraham and Balthashar who are the servants to the Montague's. A spirited exchange of vulgar jokes between servants opens the play and immediately links sex with conflict. In their bawdy quarrel, the servants' references to "tool" and "naked weapon," together with repeated images of striking and thrusting, shows how images of love and sex are mixed with violence and death and will continue to be throughout the play. ...read more.

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Conclusion The play includes an important message about social violence because as the poem states "Civil blood makes civil hands unclean" the conflict that encountered 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 could remember what it was about or why it started and for it to be resolved. It took the two families losing loved ones and for 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 most people that are forbidden to marry certain people maybe because of their race or maybe because there is a feud between families like Romeo and Juliet. It still relates to people all over the world because there are a lot of fighting and arguments going on in the world which could probably be resolved with a quick 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 that values of love and hate can be very strong. ...read more.

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