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romeo and juliet

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Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in the play. Introduction "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic play, which is about two families, the Montague family and the Capulet family. These two families hate each other due to an ancient grudge. In these two families there are two people, Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is from the Montague family and Juliet is from the Capulet family. They both fall in love with each other and secretly get married. As the play goes on there are many fights and brawls and killings between the two families and as a result some people die. Romeo and Juliet's lives become very difficult, so they devise a plan which leads to both of their deaths. Although the play is about love and romance, there are many scenes which contain violence and conflict. The play starts of with a street brawl and ends with the tragic deaths of the two lovers. After the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, the two families realize that there has to be a stop to all the fighting, so at the end there is a peace between the two families. Conflict is used in all good dramas for example Hollyoaks, Eastenders etc. each of these well known dramas have some sort of conflict and tension in them. The reason why dramatists and script-writers have conflict and violence is so that it keeps the audience interested, captivated and anxious to know what happens next. In this essay I will be discussing the theme of violence and conflict. I will not only be talking about violence and conflict in the play but I will be talking about the different types of violence like physical and verbal abuse. Violence and conflict appears in mostly three scenes, act one scene one, act three scene one and act three scene five. ...read more.

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He is moaning to Benvolio about his love sickness. This makes him sad and confused . His confusion and sadness is shown in the language he uses. He uses paradoxes and oxymorons which mean that he says one thing which is opposite to what he is saying. He uses phases like, "Brawling love" and "feather of lead" These words are conflicting and contradicting with each other yet Romeo says them together. This shows how confused he is by juxtaposing two things which are different to each other. These oxymornes also suggest conflict in the play. Phrases like "Brawling love" This shows conflict because brawling is fighting. And "loving hate" This could suggest the hatred between the two conflicting families. The way he expresses these oxymorons could also represent the opposition and conflict between the two families because just as the words in the oxymorons are conflicting so do the families. These oxymorons he uses could also be a premonition because it could hint to the brawling that is going to take place after he gets married to Juliet. In this scene, Shakespeare represents Romeo as a calm and patient person. His personality shows confusion because he isn't being loved but he seems to be a good person. He doesn't seem to be an aggressive and cold hearted person, as he says, "What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all." This also shows that he isn't a war lover like his father as he knows there was a fight and seems against the fighting. Shakespeare has made Romeo an intelligent and cleaver person, we can tell this by the way he speaks. His speech is eloquent and shows a mixture of intellectual words. Also because of the way he uses oxymorons. Romeo isn't very involved in this scene but as the play progresses he becomes the main character. This scene begins with the two households fighting and ends with love and romance. ...read more.

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He saw her in her death bed and was horrified and heart broken. After seeing her like that he took some poison out of his pocket and drank it. He died next to Juliet. Moment later Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo dead and has realized the plan has turned out all wrong so she reaches for Romeo's dagger and then stabs herself. They both die in a tragic way. The two families find out what had happened and realized it was due to the families hating each other. The ancient grudge between the families made it difficult for the Romeo and Juliet to express their love for each other. Both families realize that they have caused enough damage to their family and to themselves so they forget about the ancient grudge and start again. In Shakespeare's time patriarchal dominance was common. The audience would have been shocked to see the girl rebel again her father's word. They would have thought Juliet is disobedient and is in the wrong. An audience in the modern times would feel sorry for Juliet as she is in a big dilemma at a young age. Conclusion In conclusion I think that the theme of conflict is important because many people in those days had conflicts and violence in their everyday lives, in the same way people today have conflicts and struggles. Love and romance is a crutial part to the play, but both love and romance are overshadowed and marred by the conflict. Love is important because due to the two lovers the two families come together. If there wasn't conflict and violence and hatred then Romeo and Juliet wouldn't have to secretly get married, and would be able to openly express their love, because of this, they make a stupid plan which leads to their deaths. I think violence and conflict dos appeal to the modern day audience, this is because everyone goes through love and hatred at one point in their lives. It is a universal theme which will appeal to people of all generations. Ahadur Rahman Year 10 ...read more.

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