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Matthew Bye Coursework William Shakespeare was born in 1564. Elizabeth I was the queen at this time. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He went to the local grammar school, but did not go to university. When he was 20, he moved to London and became a playwright and an actor. In about 1603, he 'retired' from acting and being a playwright and returned to Stratford. He was very rich by this time and bought the biggest house in the town. He finally died in 1616. Romeo and Juliet is a play where two families (The Montague's and the Capulet's) don't like each other. Romeo meets Juliet and they fall in love. They marry in secrecy, Romeo kills someone and is banished from the city. At this news, Juliet takes a sleeping potion that gives the belief that she is dead. Romeo gets a message saying Juliet is dead, so Romeo has to go and see her. Because of the thought of life without Juliet, Romeo also takes a potion, but his is a potion that will kill him. When Juliet comes round and sees Romeo dead, she kills herself. At the time Romeo and Juliet was written, Shakespeare had mostly written mostly comedies and had only written one tragedy. This probably means that the audience were probably expecting a comedy rather than a tragedy. I think that in those day's, people went to plays because of the reputation of the writer. ...read more.


The last area of significant conflict is when Romeo goes to Juliet's tomb. This causes conflict because Paris is already there. Paris is full of emotion because of the apparent death of Juliet as so is Romeo because he hasn't seen her because he was banned from Verona for killing Tybalt. Paris challenges Romeo to fight and Romeo accepts. They fight and Romeo kills Paris. After this, he goes into the tomb to see Juliet, whom he thinks is dead. He is so upset that he takes a poises potion and kills himself. When Juliet comes round, she sees Romeo lying dead next to her and kills herself. The first conflict arises between Gregory and Sampson, because Sampson says things like "Let us take the law of our sides". Then later, he bites his thumb at Gregory, which in Shakespeare's day was very offensive. After that, Sampson says: "I serve as good a man as you." But Abram doesn't accept this and replies: "No better?" this makes Sampson very worried and he doesn't know what to reply with and asks Gregory who says: " Say better". Sampson takes this advice and say's: "Yes better". Abram doesn't believe him and says: "You lie!" At this, they start fighting. This area of conflict shows that the servants are proud of their masters, and that at the low level of the servants, the hatred is still rife. ...read more.


The conflict between Romeo and Paris escalates when Romeo says : "Good gentle youth, tempt not a desperate man, fly hence and leave me." But Paris doesn't agree with this and says: "I do defy thy conjunction". I can imagine the audience being shocked at this, because it would be obvious that Romeo is angry and ready to fight and kill anyone that gets in the way. After this, Romeo and Paris fight, which results in Paris dieing. After this fight, Romeo goes through to see Juliet and sees her looking dead and drinks his own poison potion and dies. Then Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo dead beside her, so she kisses the lips of Romeo and takes the potion and she dies. This is a dramatic ending to the play, which is good, because it keeps it in the audience's minds. In my mind, there are only two types of conflict, they are: violent conflict and mental conflict. The violent conflict occurs in all but one of the major, effective areas conflict. The mental conflict is the argument between Juliet and Capulet and I think this is one of the more effective conflicts because it is a mental one and it sticks in the mind. Violent conflict is more vital for dramatic effect because it can emphases hatred and brings death, whereas, mental is good for emotional effect because it lasts longer in the audience's mind. Overall, I think that the conflict in the play is good, because it keeps the audience on the edge of their seats and hooked on the play. ...read more.

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