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Romeo and Juliet, violence and conflict

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet was a very famous play written by William Shakespeare. The play was first performed in the 16th century, historians don't know exactly when the play was written because Shakespeare didn't want his plays documented. Romeo and Juliet is about two rivaling families, the Capulet's and the Montague's, it involves violence, love/lust, hatred, a marriage and death. The play begins with a fight, this sets the mood for the play. In this essay I will discuss the violence and conflict in the play. In the first scene there was a fight between four servants, two from each family, a Capulet bites his thumb at a Montague. Abram (Montague) says to the Capulet "Do you bite your thumb at us Sir?" The servants end up having a fight because biting your thumb at someone was one of the most offensive things to do in Elizabethan times. Benvolio (Montague) breaks up the fight between the servants, he says "Part fools! ...read more.

Middle

This shows Romeo is really upset that Mercutio is dead for a fight he shouldn't of even been in. This scene is important because Romeo can no longer see Juliet because he has been banished from Verona. The characters behave as expected accept from Romeo who doesn't want to fight as him and Tybalt are now in laws. I think this is unfair on Romeo because he tried not to fight and he didn't retaliate, this shows he actually wants to end the ancient grudge between the families. In act 5 scene 3 Romeo, Juliet and Paris die. Romeo and Juliet proved how much they loved each other by killing themselves, they loved each other so much they had to be together. I think this is a really good way to end the play because it shows us the hatred between their families actually ended up killing so many people, including both lords (Capulet and Montague) ...read more.

Conclusion

The things I remember about this play is how there's such a contrast of hatred and love. I obviously remember Romeo and Juliet falling in love and the famous balcony scene, as they are both romantic so you'd want to remember them. I also remember when Mercutio gets stabbed and Romeo runs after Tybalt and says "Either thou, or I, or both must go with him" You can imagine just how upset Romeo is. Another one of my favourite scenes is the last one. It proves two people can love each other so much they're willing to take their own life to be with them. I really admire Juliet in this scene because she has the choice to live or die, and she chose to die to be with Romeo. She picked a painful way to kill herself as well, Shakespeare created a character that must have had a lot of guts to go through that amount of pain for the person she loved. I think this is a really good play because its not easy to create something that involves love, hate and death, but Shakespeare managed it. ...read more.

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