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'Romeo and Juliet' is a play of violent emotions. Discuss.

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'Romeo and Juliet' is a play of violent emotions. Discuss. 'Romeo and Juliet' is not only a play that has a violent ending; instead, the entire play consists of violent emotions. These emotions lead to conflicts, and are significant elements that contribute to the drama, tension and crisis of the play. Violent emotions are those which are so strong that they lead to violence, or those that are literally violent. In 'Romeo and Juliet', violent emotions are revealed through the plot, languages and characters, and they play a huge part in various themes. In 'Romeo and Juliet', love is dominant. However, it does not capture the audience by portraying the beauty and tenderness of love; rather, love is depicted in a way such that it is a violent, brutal and overpowering emotion that it could be devastating. In the prologue, 'death-marked love' and 'children's end' evidently reveal that the play has a violent ending involving death, and with no doubt, it is a consequence of love. The duality of love in shown in many ways, in Act 1 Scene 1, Shakespeare uses oxymoron, such as 'heavy lightness', 'serious vanity', and 'bright smoke'. ...read more.


I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee'. His aggression causes the fighting between the Montagues' and the Capulets' men. In the prince's speech in the same scene, Shakespeare uses imagery to signify violence. 'Neighbour-stained steel' implies swords stained with neighbours' blood, while 'purple fountains' is used to represent blood, both descriptions show the existence of long-term hostility. In Act 1 scene 5, Tybalt, again, brings out hatred and violence. 'Patience perforce with wilful choler meeting Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting. I will withdraw. But this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall!' 'Wilful choler' illustrates that he is obstinately furious and will not give in. Although he says he will 'withdraw' at that particular moment, he will definitely take revenge, this indicates that there will be another brawl between the two feuding families. Violent emotions are well conveyed through the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt. In Act 3 Scene 1, Mercutio says, 'And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something. Make it a word and a blow.' The word 'blow' means a punch. Here, Mercutio provokes Tybalt by suggesting to start a fight, showing violence. ...read more.


In Act 3 scene 3, after himself is banished, Romeo says, 'In what vile part of this anatomy Doth my name lodge? Tell me! - that I may sack The hateful mansion!' In these lines, Romeo means, the part of his body which his name is kept should be destroyed. This aggression is raised by Romeo's despair of being banished and hearing the Nurse's report on Juliet's depression. Juliet, who mourns over Romeo's banishment and the arranged marriage between herself and Paris, threatens to commit suicide, as well. This is yet another example demonstrating how grief leads to violence. Even though violence is not being considered as the major subject of 'Romeo and Juliet', we cannot deny that violent emotions are consistently revealed throughout the play. The crucial themes, such as love and hatred, are being constantly depicted as aggressive sentiments. The plot itself, having a sadistic ending and consisting of several characters' deaths, evidently expresses violence. Shakespeare also makes use of languages, for example, imagery, to demonstrate hostility and aggression. We say that violence are drawn out through various themes, but simultaneously, these emotions make up the play. They are vital in enhancing the tension, and quite frankly, violent emotions are the centre of the drama and crisis of 'Romeo and Juliet'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jacqueline Cheng UC4V ...read more.

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