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How Is The Theme Of Conflict Presented In 'Romeo & Juliet'?

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How Is The Theme Of Conflict Presented In 'Romeo & Juliet'? The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is based on a whole variety of conflicts. Throughout the play we meet many types of conflicts and many examples of them, for example, inner conflict, emotional conflict, verbal conflict and physical conflict. Shakespeare explores these in the emotions and feelings of many characters. These come out throughout the whole play especially between the Montagues and the Capulets as the play is built up to their family tragedy to come. The play's look on conflict is one aspect of the play that builds up the whole drama of it, although it has many aspects to it, which are all as vital as one another. As we meet each conflict Shakespeare uses more and more descriptive language, which adds to the overall effect of the play and the conflicts in it. Inner conflict is one of the most frequently occurring conflicts and one that we meet an awful lot, which is experienced by a number of the characters in this play. The first time that we come across this type of conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' is Act 1 scene 3, when we discover that Juliet does not want to marry Paris. Juliets speech shows her emotions and feelings, and Shakespeares use of language comes across well in this scene. ' I'll look to like, if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.' ...read more.

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(Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 80-102). Although according to his first speech he had said that any more fighting publicly would end in death, because of Tybalts aunt (Lady Capulets) wishes, Romeo was not killed, but banished. This is the first time that we see a semi-truce between the two families, although it is a result of death. And although it is the penultimate death before the end of the play, it still builds up the anticipation of conflict between the two families for the audience. Physical conflict is also a large part of the play. Even though physical conflict is tied in with public conflict, it is extremely important to the progress of 'Romeo and Juliet'. For example in Act 1 Scene 1, although it is a public conflict there is physical conflict between Sampson, Gregory, Benvolio, Romeo, Abraham and Tybalt. This is essential to the progress of 'Romeo and Juliet' and the audiences understanding of the play on the whole, as it shows how awful the fighting and arguing is between the two families, that we first hear about in the Prologue. The conflicts in this scene are all inter-twined with each other and so the physical conflict starts with some rude gestures and speech between the two families,' Do you bite your thumb at us sir?....Well sir.' (Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 42-56). This also shows us of how small a matter can be before it is blown out of proportion and ends up in the physical conflict. ...read more.

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All of these points and conflicts bring us back to, How is the theme of conflict presented in 'Romeo and Juliet'? On the whole the conflicts in 'Romeo and Juliet' are presented quite clearly, although at times there are conflicts that are slightly more hidden in the language that Shakespeare has used in 'Romeo and Juliet'. This adds to the overall effect of the play on the audience and is absolutely essential to the theme and plot of the play. The emotions and the feelings that the conflicts on stage and in the script produce are vital to the play as the audiences in Shakespeares time were keen on these types of tragedies and liked to watch the dramas unfold. Although they were written for these audiences, the conflicts and feelings still have some relevance today and this adds to our modern-day understanding of the play. This means that although that conflicts are presented in a Shakespearian time language and setting, the play can still be enjoyed and appreciated by many in the present day. The concepts of the conflicts that Shakespeare has used in 'Romeo and Juliet' still exist now days and so helps us enjoy the play much like people living in Shakespeares time would have. This means that the presentation of conflict in Romeo is excellent for the people of Shakespearian times as well as the present day. Gemma Keenoy 'Romeo & Juliet' Mrs Taylor Second Piece English Coursework Set 10.5 ...read more.

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