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In 'Romeo And Juliet' there is anger, love and violence. Discuss these elements in as much detail as you can.

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In 'Romeo And Juliet' there is anger, love and violence. Discuss these elements in as much detail as you can. The story of 'Romeo and Juliet' is of a consuming love, a story of hatred overcome by love and of old hate versus young love. The actions taken in the play have no thought for the past or future consequences. This will eventually end in love-devouring death. The emotions which each character feels make the play so striking and remarkable. This will leave the reader stunned with Shakespeare's superb narrative skills. The play opens with a scene of violence, which would excite a Shakespearian audience. The fight represents the feud between the Montague and Capulet families. Act 1 Scene 1 involves servants from both the houses. In the heat of a summer's day in Verona, two servants from the house of Capulet swagger around looking for some bawdy banter or just general tomfoolery. They then meet two servants from the house of Montague. The two servants from the Capulet house insult the opposing servants and induce them into a brawl. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a very angry play and this is portrayed in many scenes. In this scene the Prince is exceedingly angry when he hears that the Montagues and Capulets have been fighting once more. The brawl escalates and everyone in the market seems to be encapsulated within the private duel. Benvolio, the peacemaker attempts to stop the tussle but he is ignored and the fight continues. The feud between the two families has been going on for numerous years now and the Prince is getting very frustrated, because the two families constantly ignore his instruction for peace. The Prince approaches the group of enemies and talks to them in an aggressive tone of voice; "On pain of torture, from those bloody hands Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground, And hear the sentence of your moved Prince." ...read more.

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The duel is almost playful until Tybalt wounds Mercutio without anyone seeing; he may have done this because he was getting frustrated with Mercutio encouraging the crowd to mock him. The fight was been viewed as a bit of fun by Mercutio we can this by the way he speaks and acts. "Good King of Cats, nothing but one of you / nine lives, that I mean to make bold withal.." As he is dying he contuines to be humorous. As the Capulets make their escape they realise that Mercutio is fatally wounded. Romeo is then furious because he realises that Tybalt has murdered his good friend Mercutio. . . "This gentleman, the Prince's near ally . My very friend, hath got this mortal hurt . In my behalf; my reputation stained" Romeo has just killed Tybalt and he shouts "Oh I am fortune's fool!" He is suggesting that fate has a part to play in his misfortune and afterall fate is important because Romeo and Juliet are 'star-crossed' lovers. Benvolio, who did not escape with Romeo, is questioned by the Prince, and despairingly gives the details of the two fights. Benvolio then admits that it was Romeo that killed Tybalt. The Prince believes Benvolio, and Lord Montague defends his son's case by saying that he does not deserve to be executed, because he was only avenging his friend's murder. Lady Capulet is also tremendously angry because of the death of Tybalt. She now believes that a Montague should be executed in respect for Tybalt. She thinks that the Montague family should also suffer a loss to their family to balance out the grief and sorrow. The consequences from the marriage of Romeo and Juliet arise straight away in Act 3 Scene 1 because Romeo has murdered Tybalt and he is now banished from Verona. Juliet was not there at the tragedy and she has not heard the news. ...read more.

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There is once again dramatic irony present here because the audience know that Juliet will wake up shortly to meet Romeo. Friar Lawrence is above Juliet as she wakes but cannot prevent her seeing Romeo. Juliet then begins to wake up, and she is overcome with grief as she sees Romeo's dead body at her side. The Friar tries desperately to leave the Romeo behind but she refuses. The Friar runs off because he is scared of the consequences to come. Juliet then sees the empty pot, which once contained the potion and wishes there was still some left because she also believes as Romeo did there is no point in living without each other. She sees Romeo's dagger and stabs herself and falls dead close to Romeo. Paris' page then leads three watchmen to the bodies of Romeo, Juliet and Paris inside the tomb. The Prince and the aggrieved Capulet family follow soon after. A last watchmen also enters with the arrested Friar Lawrence. Montague who is now widowed, is also doubly aggrieved, losing his wife and son. . "Alas my liege, my wife is dead tonight. . Grief of my son's exile hath stopped her breath. . What further woe conspires against mine age?' When the everything has calmed down the Friar explains the truth of the catastrophic chain of events. . "Romeo, there dead, was husband to that Juliet; . And she there dead, that Romeo's faithful wife. . I married them, and their stolen marriage -day . Was Tybalt's dooms-day, whose untimely death . Banished the new-made bridegroom from this city;" The Friar explains everything that has happened clearly and why it has led to the tragedy and both Capulet and Montague understand why he did it, so the Friar is not killed. They also realise it is their feud that played a major role in the tragedy and they agree to abandon all hostility. They will raise statues of Romeo and Juliet as a memorial to their children and to show the two families are now at peace. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE Coursework Rhys Owen ...read more.

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