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'Romeo and Juliet' is a play based on the conflict between the young and the old. Explain.

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'Romeo and Juliet' is a play based on the conflict between the young and the old. Explain. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet', there are many conflicts. There are conflicts between Tybalt and Sampson and Gregory in the opening scene, between Tybalt and Mercutio, between Tybalt and Romeo, but the most important conflict is between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. 'What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues and thee.' - Tybalt There is also a less physical conflict between the elder generation of Montagues and Capulets, but there is no evidence in the play of there being conflict between two different generations. Conflict is the backbone of the play; the play relies on the conflict between Montagues and Capulets. Ironically, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love with each other at first sight so it is also a play about the love that overcomes both Romeo and Juliet in such a short space of time. ...read more.

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However she is talking about Romeo. 'Ere he that should be husband comes to woo' - Juliet In this scene there is dramatic irony which in a sense is very tragic because the reader wants Romeo and Juliet to live together in peace. This scene of Capulet trying to get Juliet to marry Paris proves him to be an ogre and not father-like at all. When Juliet says that she does not want to marry Paris he is very angry and acts very unfairly and he does not respect Juliet's human values. However, you can also judge this as Juliet being disobedient as at that point in time, it was usual for parents to organise their child's marriages without much consent from their child. Throughout the play it is shown that Juliet doesn't have a very good relationship with her father as he is portrayed as a quite evil man, neither with her mother because she always agrees with Capulet. ...read more.

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An example of this is when Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, even though Mercutio was trying to keep peace between Tybalt and Romeo. After this, because Romeo was friends with Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt -'that late thou gavest me, for Mercutio's soul'. Already from these two incidents you can see that the young generation are very violent. In conclusion, yes, "Romeo and Juliet" is a play based upon the conflict between the old and the young, but in different ways; the young have more of a physical conflict while the old have a more traditional conflict. But there is also another conflict; old traditional values conflict with the modern passions of love between Romeo and Juliet. The adults are not at fault for believing in these values as we see that they are only brought-up in this same fashion. However Romeo's and Juliet's unique passion diverts them away from these traditional teachings. Giles Bidder ...read more.

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