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Romeo and Juliet - Conflict in Act 3, Scene1 and also Act 3, Scene 5, and the effects that these points of conflict have on the play and its characters.

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Yr 10 GCSE English Coursework Romeo and Juliet By Joe Jupp Shakespeare's famous 'Romeo and Juliet' play is well known for its forbidden lovers and the conflict between two families. I am going to be looking at the points of conflict particularly in Act 3, Scene1 and also Act 3, Scene 5, and the effects that these points of conflict have on the play and its characters. Also I am going to look at the language that Shakespeare uses during the points of conflict, and the dialogue between the characters. The main points of conflict in Act 3, scene 1 are: When Tybalt comes and speaks to Mercutio. Mercutio tries to entice Tybalt into arguing, but Tybalt does not respond to his taunts, and instead 'winds up' Mercutio by doing this. Tybalt doesn't respond to Mercutio, as it is really Romeo that he wants to fight with. This is where the second point of conflict is. When Romeo enters, Tybalt immediately changes his attitude and becomes fiery. ...read more.

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Her mother is quite disturbed by the wails and cries from Juliet, and thinks Juliet is devastated over Tybalt's death, but, if you read between the lines, Juliet is really saying that she is devastated about Romeo being banished. The second point of conflict comes when Lady Capulet tells Juliet of her forthcoming marriage to Paris, set up by Capulet, her father. Juliet, already being secretly married to Romeo, protests desperately to her father for the marriage to be cancelled. Her father is infuriated by what he thinks is Juliet's stubborn ungratefulness, and delivers her an ultimatum. He tells Juliet she is to either marry Paris, or live and then starve on the streets alone, as he does not want her living with him anymore if she refuses. In these scenes, Shakespeare has to build up the conflict between the characters. In Act 3, Scene 1 he has done this by starting the characters off with a verbal and mick-taking argument, later resulting in two murders. ...read more.

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The difference between the three men shows the hatred, friendship and the change of feelings toward each other. From the way they conduct their language you can tell what their relationships are e.g. friends or enemies. The language between Juliet her mother and her father are different however. It does not show what the relationship between the characters is, that is already obvious. But it shows what this relationship is like and whether it is good or not e.g. Juliet does not seem to have a good relationship with her father, as he does not want to listen to her or reason with her. Shakespeare uses a lot of passionate and emotive language in the points of conflict; this helps the reader or viewer of the play feel as the characters do, and be part of the play. This makes the play more interesting. The conflict is well presented in these two scenes. It is obvious and clear, but it has feeling and emotion to it. Someone reading or watching the play is able to feel the attitudes of the characters and also feel the tension and anger they feel. ...read more.

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