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Romeo and Juliet is a play about conflict

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Romeo and Juliet is a play about conflict. Discuss. Romeo and Juliet is a very complex and intriguing love story, with plenty of conflict. There are so many examples of clashes in the play that it is hard to determine whether Shakespeare intended it to be a romantic tragedy or a battling love story. The function of the conflict in this play is to make the audience realise how much love and hate are intertwined, we could say. The Montague and Capulet families have had 'an ancient grudge' for a number of years, and there does not even seem to be a reason at the beginning of the play for their hatred. Romeo and Juliet fall in love after a series of coincidences lead Romeo to attend a party held by Juliet's father. Their romance is heady and impulsive, and it is their teenage impatience, coupled with the conflicts experienced in the play, which ultimately lead to their early demises. A main area of conflict in Romeo and Juliet is the individual tensions that occur between certain characters. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, is extremely upset with Romeo from very early on in the play. ...read more.

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A major theme in the romantic tragedy is fate versus free will; so many of the situations could have been different if characters had listened to their own minds instead of letting things occur without intervention. One could say if Peter had never been given the invitation to Capulet's party, Romeo and Juliet would never have met. Then if Juliet had not been on her balcony when Romeo was in the garden, or if he had called at a different window, the story would have been alarmingly altered. Of course, the most important set of events is the one where the messenger does not get to Romeo in time, with the letter telling him that Juliet only looks as if she is dead, she is not really. Unfortunately, Balthasar gets to Mantua before the messenger; Romeo never hears the proper news, but thinks his love has committed suicide. All of these coincidences show that fate has a strong part to play in Romeo and Juliet. Another chief subject is the divergence between youth and age. Young people move so fast and are so much hastier than their elders, who are more cautious, thinking of all aspects of a situation before making an informed decision. ...read more.

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If the two families had got along, Romeo and Juliet would have been a much happier play. It could be said the arguments between the two main Verona families caused their children's deaths. The Prince says as much in Act V Scene iii, after he has read the letter from Romeo, explaining where he acquired his poison. 'Capulet, Montague? See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!' Overall, we can say that without conflict this play would be nothing more than a weak love story. It would have been so much different if the two children had not come from feuding families, but then Romeo and Juliet would not have been anywhere near as good as it is. In some ways, it seems these adolescents felt more passionately about each other after they found out their love was forbidden. Possibly, without the distance between the Capulets and Montagues, they would never have noticed each other. Some people might say Romeo and Juliet is a play about love, but the conflict in it is used to emphasise this. Conflict is the key theme to this play, and brings so much to the storyline. ?? ?? ?? ?? Trudie Roiz de Sa Candidate No. 1148 ...read more.

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