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Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet is mainly a story of "two star crossed lovers" and is often dismissed as a love story; however there is an underlying theme of hatred, tragedy and conflict which is delicately woven into the story to make Romeo and Juliet one of histories greatest plays ever written. The first scene opens with two servants of the Capulet family. Sampson and Gregory. They are using fighting talk and we see the contempt they have for the Montague's "a dog of that house shall move me to stand" However when the Montague's arrive on the scene the men who were before very bold in their insults become less entertained by the idea of a fight "let us take the law of our side let them begin" Sampson then bites his thumb at Abram, this was a great insult and was Sampson's way of starting a quarrel. However when he is asked who he bites his thumb at, he loses his courage. ...read more.


This scene shows the conflict very well, it shows how the quarrel is between the servants as well as Montague and Capulet themselves, "the quarrel is between our masters and us their men" the servants feel they are at war with each other and there is a definite division between the two houses. This is particularly interesting because it is the opening scene. This would have grabbed people's interest and introduced them to the fact the two families' hate each other. This scene also contains some humour, such as the servants losing their confidence and chickening out as well as humorous word play. In act 3 scene 1 we see what is possibly the key scene in terms of bringing the conflict to a head. Tybalt is looking for Romeo, he is annoyed with Romeo because he came to a party the capulets throw. He feels Romeo was there to cause trouble and wishes to challenge him to a duel. ...read more.


Mercutio is still joking saying that tomorrow he would be "a grave man" meaning he would be dead as well as worried. He then jokes about the size of the wound "tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door" he blames Romeo for coming between them and curses both houses "a plague o both your houses" it is the families feuding that led to Mercutios death. This really shows the conflict between the two houses and the consequences of their fighting. Romeo is very angry when Mercutio dies and goes after Tybalt, he is not thinking straight and feels Juliet's love has made him feminine "thy beauty hath made me effeminate, and in my temper soften'd valour's steel" he challenges tybalt and wins but afterwards regrets his actions "o, I am fortunes fool" he knows he acted irrationally and regrets it because now it is likely he will be put to death, and he has just married Juliet. ...read more.

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