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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Violence and Conflict- Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a romantic yet tragic play, which is about a feud between two families, the 'Montague and the Capulet's.' the play is set in the town of Verona and the two leading families have been at war for generations. Romeo who is from the Montague's family and Juliet, who is from the Capulet's family, first see each other at a party. This is the point when love at first sight had taken its place between the two lovers. This play is often referred to as a play about love but what some people seem to forget is that there are many scenes that consist of violence and quarrelling that are the central issues of the play. As act 1 scene 1 commences, the two servants from opposing families are provoking one another in to fighting. Sampson teases Gregory by saying "I will push Montague's men from the wall and thrust his maids to the wall." He says this meaning he does not care if it is male or female because he will frighten all the men and rape the women. Gregory in return points out that this ancient grudge is between the Montague and Capulet men. But still this does not make any difference to Sampson. ...read more.

Middle

Tybalt then insults Romeo by saying "Boy..." which is an insulting form of address but Romeo remains calm, as he will not take up the challenge of fighting Tybalt. He does not want to fight Tybalt, as he is Juliet's cousin. Again, Mercutio is incensed and infuriated will not take anymore of his abuse and ultimately starts to fight him. Romeo tries his best to stop the fight and also reminds them of the princes' speech. But he cannot prevent them. "...Forbear this outrage." As he tried to put and end to the fighting, in confusion Tybalt thrusts his sword into Mercutio's upper body. Moments later Romeo realises what had actually happened. In a cowardly manner Tybalt runs. He leaves Mercutio to die and curses the house of Capulets and Montagues and of course Tybalt. Romeo has a moment alone and feels ashamed that he let Tybalt call him a 'villain' but even more ashamed that Mercutio is now dying for the reason that he fought his fight. Benvolio turns towards Romeo and tells him Mercutio is dead. Soon, Tybalt arrives again and in revenge Romeo wants to challenge him and kills him in the end. Towards the end of the scene Romeo has killed Tybalt and realises he must escape the town of Verona immediately hence the princes' speech. ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet had just been departed from the love of her life and now her parents have warned her and she must marry Paris otherwise she will be asked to leave the Capulet's household and will therefore "Bey, starve and die in the streets!" Juliet who is still at the tower of rage, still rejects the proposal despite all the loving attention she had received from her parents. This shows her selfishness and betrayal from falling in love with the enemies whom they disgust. Having her mother and father left the room she speaks self-pitying. "Is there no pity sitting in the clouds, that sees into the bottom of my grief?" In return, she receives comfort from the nurse. She tells Juliet to forget about Romeo and to marry Paris as this would be her parent wish, "I think it best you married with the County. O he's a lovely gentleman." The nurse, after strong words from Capulet now advises her to go along with the wedding. The plot of this romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet" is that all the scenes are based on violence and conflict which in someway or another mislead each other into the death of the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet has many scenes of violence throughout the play and as this happened it had changed the fate of Romeo and Juliet's relationship. The violence and conflict had changed the play from a love story to a tragic love story. ...read more.

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