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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Violence and conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet. Discuss this theme with reference to three scenes. Romeo and Juliet, a story set in Verona Italy, tells the story of "two star crossed lovers" from two feuding families, the Capulets and Montagues. There is much violence and conflict in the play and this in the main, stems from the feud. The plays themes are punishment, revenge, supernatural fate, lies, deceit, and conflict. After a while, Romeo and Juliet secretly marry behind their parents backs, perhaps hoping that their true love would end the feud. But it only gets worse. There is a lot more violence, including the deaths of Mercutio, the 'joker', and Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. Then finally in the last scenes, the deaths of Paris, then Romeo and Juliet themselves. The first reference to the violence and conflict is in the opening scene, Act 1 scene 1. An argument between a few low rank family members occurs. Soon other family members get involved and the once petty squabble, that started when a Montague servant bites his thumb; "Do you bite your thumb at us sir?" ...read more.

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Tybalt and the Capulet's flee, but the Montagues do not realise how bad Mercutio is wounded because he is still making jokes. "They have made worms meat out of me," The Montagues just laugh, not realising that Mercutio meant he is going to die, and be buried under the ground. When Mercutio finally drops down, Romeo, who at first refuses to fight, swears to avenge him. He runs through the streets, chasing down Tybalt, he finds him, and slays him. Realising that he has just murdered his wife's cousin, he runs, leaving the body with his friends. When the prince finds out about the deaths, he calls the families to appear before him. He then exiles Romeo to Mantua, forcing the penalty of death should he ever return to Verona. The last violent scene I have chosen is the last act of the play. In this act, Juliet is feigning death with help from a potion from Friar Laurence. Everyone believes she is dead so they rest her in a tomb. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Grief on my sons exile hath stopped her breath" Balthasar then hands the prince Romeo's letter. The letter explains fully the situation Romeo was in and how he and Juliet were married, The two families then realise the error in their ways, and decide to end the feud, and erect a solid gold statue of the in memory of the lovers. Even though Shakespeare wrote this play in the 1500s, the play closely relates to modern society. It relates to different races, different religious groups and different countries that are continuously feuding and fighting. For example, like the current affairs in Iraq. Two different countries with different beliefs (America and Iraq) cannot agree and continue to fight, and have been doing for years. I think that the play is very interesting and uplifting. It reflects on real life problems and emphasises how the violence and conflict results in the destruction of people's lives and unnecessary deaths of innocent people. I think Shakespeare was trying to compare it to his society, and has successfully impacted his beliefs in a tale of love and hate. Ian Prentice 02/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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