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Romeo and Juliet think it is a tragic love story, however the play has quite a lot of violence and conflict running though it. In this essay , I am going to consider if this is true using reference to at least three scenes to support my argument.

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Romeo and Juliet Many people reading Romeo and Juliet think it is a tragic love story, however the play has quite a lot of violence and conflict running though it. In this essay , I am going to consider if this is true using reference to at least three scenes to support my argument. The prologue is Shakespeare's introduction. In it he will be telling the audience about two families that don't get along, to them known as a "ancient grudge" but this argument between them has been going for ages. He will also be telling the audience about Romeo and Juliet's love, which was "death marked", so the audience will be expecting them to die. Also in the prologue, he will be preparing the audience for the possibility of violence and conflict. At the beginning of Act 1 Scene 1, Sampson and Gregory (Capulet's) are wondering around the market, when they spot Montague's coming their way. So as the Montague's came closer, so Sampson bites his thumb at the Montague's, which insults them. ...read more.

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At this point, Mercutio is all steamed up and he fights Tybalt instead; then Romeo tries to stop the fight, but then Tybalt sticks his sword under Romeo's arm into Mercutio, Tybalt looks at his sword and notices the blood on it, so Tybalt; the rest of the Capulets flee. Mercutio "I am hurt", everyone thought he was joking around because that's the sort of person Mercutio was, since no one in the house of Montagues would help him; the Capulets are the ones who stabbed him, Mercutio placed a plague over both the houses. Romeo got really angry with Mercutio's death, Romeo claimed this day to be 'black fate'. Romeo goes after Tybalt, when he finds him, Romeo tells Tybalt that he has slain Mercutio, so Romeo decides to fight Tybalt, 'they fight aggressively' but in the end, Romeo rises to become victorious, Romeo runs away. Lady Capulet, the prince and other citizens enter, when lady Capulet sees what has happened, she gets very upset, saying things like "Tybalt, my cousin", "for blood of ours, shed blood of a Montague", but ...read more.

Conclusion

Friar Lawrence's plan, which is a remedy that would give Juliet the power to die, but it doesn't actually kill her, it just makes her seem dead, for three days, then she wakes from her deep sleep. "Romeo and Juliet" is known to be a 'love story', but there are a number of times, which would suggests that the themes of 'violence and conflict' are central to the play. This play can be very violent at times, such as in Act 3 Scene 1, when Mercutio and Tybalt were both killed. I think the fight scenes have more impact on the audience, because it shows how aggressive the two houses can get at times, towards each other. I think "Romeo and Juliet" is both a love and hate story, because it shows that two families hate each other, where there always fighting and some end up dieing. The love part from where two people, one from each house fall in love and end up killing themselves just so they don't have to hide there love from the houses (there families) anymore. ...read more.

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