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How does Shakespeare present the theme of conflict in Romeo and Juliet, (with particular references to scenes 1.1, 3.1 and 3.5)? The play starts with Act 1 Scene 1 where the people from the house of Capulet and Montague start arguing in the streets of Verona (where the scene is set.) This argument hopefully draws the audience's attention. After this is the party where Romeo and Juliet meet and in this scene all the other characters are introduced. Almost immediately after is the wedding of Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo goes straight to the public place to meet his friends, but also meets Tybalt and his fellow house mates. Tybalt wants a fight but Romeo doesn't because he wants to resolve the conflict but Tybalt doesn't want to resolve anything he likes the conflict. A fight takes place and Tybalt kills Mercutio (Romeo's very close friend) and so Romeo kills Tybalt in order to satisfy his honour and from this point on everything that happens in the rest of the play sets of a chain of events and is inevitable. In this play there are lots of different character relationships and conflicts, the first are the two main characters Romeo and Juliet. Everything they do is in opposition to everybody else in their family, because they are in love. ...read more.


He's a patriarch, an overbearing father. On stage Romeo acts more like a thoughtful person, he doesn't ever want to fight anyone for any reason he is always trying to resolve the feud. He said "I do protest I never injured thee..." when Tybalt wanted to fight him and "...beat down their weapons." when Mercutio wanted to fight Tybalt he tried to tell Mercutio not to fight and to put down his swords. Juliet acts like she lets her heart rule over her head, she should wear bright coloured clothes to show that she is usually jolly happy and in love, and always uses words or phrases with more than one meaning. She says "Believe me, love, it was the nightingale." Benvolio acts like a peace person never looking for trouble and always trying to avoid, he should wear light blue things to show he is peaceful. "... let's retire: the day is hot, the Capulet's abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not escape a brawl..." he was trying to get Mercutio to leave in order to avoid running into the Capulet's. Tybalt acts like a little devil he is always looking for trouble and being mischievous, should wear black or red things to express himself. He said "... this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw." ...read more.


Another example is that you get good things but bad things come with it another way of saying this that all good things come to an end. Romeo also says "O heavy lightness! Serious Vanity!" he means that with love comes good which makes you light hearted and light headed but then comes bad feelings which make you feel heavy and puts you down. I think Shakespeare's motives for writing this play were because he wanted to show people in the 17th century the way he sees them behave the way they treat each other, the relationships parents have with their children, killing each other for petty reasons and have agreements with people which they wouldn't let die because of their pride. For example when Mercutio was killed, he wasn't part of the Capulets or Montagues and still his life was taken, he wasn't involved and probably didn't know how they fight started but he was still killed. Another example is when Juliet and her father are agreeing the things he says to her e.g. "...young baggage!" her father is calling her his baggage his own possession that she belongs to him and he can do as he wants with her. However we must remember that Shakespeare made it action packed and entertaining in order to sell tickets to make living. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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