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

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How the theme of conflict is explored in 'Romeo and Juliet' In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is a big emphasis on conflict between the two families (the Montagues and the Capulets). Dramatists and scriptwriters have conflict in their dramas to create a tense setting with harsh and unpleasant words exchanged and threats between the two enemies. The conflict in Romeo and Juliet is supposed to be an 'ancient grudge' between the two families. Romeo and Juliet are from different families from one another but they still fall in love. The problem is that if any person from the opposite family were to go near each other, a fight is bound to occur. I will explore the theme of conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' by telling you about some of the people in the play who definitely try to stir things up and cause trouble. I will also explore the theme of conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' by focusing particularly on Act 3 Scene 1. The prologue shows us that love and hate can't exist at the same time. The prologue shows it by writing it as a sonnet or some sort of song. Two families, the Capulets and Montagues, are hostile to each other but their children, Romeo and Juliet, fall in love. They try to escape from the conflict by death, and their death helps to mend the ancient quarrel between both families. ...read more.


Which is Benvolio suggesting to Mercutio that they should go indoors, fearing a fight will be unavoidable if they happen to come across Capulet men. Mercutio replies "Thou art like one of those fellows that when he enters the confines of a tavern claps me his sword upon the table and says 'God send me no need of thee!' and by the operation of the second cup draws it on the drawer, when indeed there is no need." Which is Mercutio has as quick a temper as any man in Italy, and should not accuse people of their short fuses. Then Tybalt enters with a group of cronies. He approaches Benvolio and Mercutio and says, "Follow me close, for I will speak to them. Gentlemen, good den: a word with one of you." This means that Tybalt is asking to speak to one of them. Then Mercutio gets annoyed and provokes and taunts him. Tybalt then turns his attention to Romeo and calls him a villain. Romeo, now married to Juliet and therefore family of Tybalt, refuses to be angry by the insult. Then Tybalt demands Romeo to draw his sword, to which Romeo insists that he has no reason to hate Tybalt and does not want to fight him. Romeo asks that Tybalt put down his sword until he knows the reason that he doesn't want to fight him. ...read more.


This shows that the only thing that could resolve the feud between the two families is a tragedy, which shows the link between good and evil. 'A glooming peace this morning with it brings; The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.' The effect of these closing words by the Prince tidies up what has happened in the story/play. It tells us of fate and how some things are pardoned and something's are punished. The Prince's role throughout the play has been a role with big authority, the Prince has been able to decide what goes on, and has tried to keep peace within the two families. I don't think the message is relevant in today's world because there is not a situation anymore where people do find themselves having to be secret about relations because of each other's families hating each other. Times have moved on. People will just leave their place of home. The theme of conflict is important in 'Romeo and Juliet' because the whole play revolves around the idea of this big feud between two families. Its almost a war throughout the story/play, this can be seen to overpower the theme of love because in the end conflict kills the relationship between the two main characters. ...read more.

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