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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 feuding families who have two star crossed lovers who meet in a party, fall in love, marry each other and end up dying. Although it is a play about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict which keep the audience captivated and enthralled. The play opens with a violent clash and ends with death and tragedy. The violence in the play happens because of an ancient feud between the two families, which leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will discuss the different types of violence and conflicts that take part in the play. Conflict is important in Romeo and Juliet because it causes problems which keep the audience enthralled. There are three main types of conflicts in the play which are physical violence which is the violent clash between the two families; the second type of conflict is the psychological conflict which is the slandering and verbal abuse of people and the last type of conflict is the suicidal conflicts which occur towards the end of the play. ...read more.


Romeo uses a wide range of oxymorons and paradoxes to express his feelings to Benvolio. In this scene Romeo is scene as a confused person, he uses an oxymoron to show how confused he is. Romeo is seen as being, "whiter than snow on a ravens back". The snow represents his innocence of young love. The raven suggests the darkness of the night, fear, uncertainty or depression caused by an ancient grudge. An example of a paradox used by Romeo is, 'feather of lead'. This shows the confusion of Romeo. Everything around him seems contradictory and in opposition. Fire seems cold to him as he says 'cold fire'. The use of paradoxes is very important in this scene because it is trying to show Romeos confusion and struggle. The use of oxymorons suggests the conflict in the play i.e. just as the words are paired up against each other so are the families in opposition of each other. ACT THREE SCENE ONE Benvolio and Mercutio are in the streets of Verona and Benvolio says, "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot, the Capels are abroad." He says this because he knows that Mercutio is in a frivolous mood, it is hot and the Capulets will be looking for trouble but Benvolio wants to avoid getting into a brawl. ...read more.


Juliet has a lack of opportunity to speak which is unfair and the nurse tries to tell lord Capulet to let her speak but then he starts to accuse the nurse. Juliet's views are extremely important because she is the one that is getting married and not her father. Lady Capulet reacts by telling lord Capulet by stop abusing his daughter Juliet. This is different to her husband because he is slandering her whereas Lady Capulet is trying to stop the slandering. An audience in Shakespeare's time would have viewed this conflict tragic because this type of conflict was rare at the time. This conflict for a modern audience would be norm because many people in this day and age fall in love even if they have to go through this torture. CONCLUSION I think that the theme of conflict is important to the play because if there was merely love in the play then the audience would get bored. In Romeo and Juliet conflict and love are both expressed together which keeps the audience enticed and captivated. Hatred gets Tybalt and Mercutio killed, love gets Romeo and Juliet killed. I think love is stronger because towards the end of the play the ancient feud is silenced by the death of the two lover's families and hatred is gone whereas their love still remains in their hearts. This is why they committed suicide. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ehsaan ali ...read more.

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