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

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How is the theme of conflict explored in Romeo and Juliet? In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is a lot of emphasis on conflict between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Conflict is used to create tension and harsh, unpleasant words exchanged and threats between enemies. The conflict in Romeo and Juliet is an 'ancient grudge' between the families. Romeo and Juliet are each from different families but still fall in love. The problem is, if any person from the opposite family were to go anywhere near each other, a fight is bound to break out. There are also many other conflicts which ultimately stop Romeo and Juliet form being together. Conflict is a very important issue throughout the play and was the main reason their relationship ended in tragedy. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes...A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life. . . ." As a prologue to the play, the Chorus enters. The prologue is written as a sonnet, describing two households in the city of Verona. The houses hold an "ancient grudge" against each other that continues as the source of violent conflict. ...read more.

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This shows that the only person the feuding families will listen to is the Prince, he is the only person that can stop their pointless fighting and is very understanding. Act 3, Scene 5 is opened on a negative point where Romeo prepares to leave for his exile. Juliet tries to convince Romeo to stay. Overcome by love, he says he'll stay with her, he doesn't care if they kill him. Faced with this, Juliet makes him leave. The nurse warns Juliet that Lady Capulet is approaching. As Romeo climbs out the window, promising Juliet that they'll see each other again, she responds that he appears pale "as one dead in the bottom of a tomb". He answers that "...in my eye so do you" assuring her it's their sorrow. They both foreshadow the tragic event that is to follow, caring out the destiny of both their deaths. Dramatic irony hit's the audience as they remember that Romeo and Juliet are being separated, only to meet again when they die. Lady Capulet calls to her daughter. Juliet is surprised and starts to wonder why her mother wants to speak to her so early in the morning. ...read more.

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Though shocked and disgusted by her Nurse's disloyalty, Juliet pretends to agree, and says she's going to Friar Lawrence's. If the Friar is unable to help her, Juliet comments to herself, she still has the power to take her own life. This is moral conflict, Juliet would be in conflict with herself about the right thing to do. As the audience sit and watch her make the difficult decision, set in the Elizabethan times it was thought of as immoral to be committing bigamy and modern day would have exactly the same views. Believing that it is wrong to marry more than one person as a Christian. At the end of Act 3 Scene 5, Juliet uses direct address, talking directly to the audience, she uses a soliloquy, rhetorical questions, it adds to her desperation, her relationship with the nurse has been cut in two and will resort to killing herself if she cant find a resolution "myself have the power to die". This end expresses all conflicts social, moral, physical, verbal and emotional. She becomes more isolated with no-one to turn to, now abandoned by her only mother figure. She hurries to the friar, vowing that she'll never again trust the Nurse again. Tanushri 10a Mrs. Olujinmi English ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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