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Romeo and Juliet - Violence and conflict

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Romeo and Juliet Violence and conflict By Juliette Howe The play, 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, is a tragedy; it tells us about two people from feuding families who fall in love without their families' consent. It all begins with a scene of violence in a public place. The fight is between the two rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues. The warring between these two families continues throughout the play. At the end of the play, there is a dramatic scene, which results in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. This essay will explain the violence and conflicts depicted in the play and the circumstances behind them. The play is set in the 14th Century in Verona, Italy. However, it was supposedly written in 1591 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The entertainment during this time included bear baiting and cockerel fighting. The theatres back then had no roofs and were, therefore, open to the elements. The only seating available was in the balconies and the rich primarily used this as only they could afford it. Most people had to stand. As there was no electricity, they had to rely on daylight; in the winter it would be very cold. ...read more.


Tybalt does not know they are married so continues to annoy him. The fight escalates; Mercutio starts to defend Romeo his friend, as he will not defend himself. Romeo becomes angry and stands between them to prevent it. Tybalt stabs Mercutio from under Romeo's arm, he could not see the dagger coming. After this, Romeo's feelings change. He is cross, vengeful and hurt. He shows this when he says, " This but begins the woe others must end." Romeo then kills Tybalt as an act of revenge. He is angry with him for killing his friend. He did not think about the consequences. The Prince then banishes Romeo away from Verona to Mantua. He will never see Juliet again. I think that Mercutio and Tybalt were mostly to blame for the killings. There are a number of reasons for this. The foremost of which was that Benvolio warned Mercutio that the Capulets were coming giving him an opportunity to leave. However he decides to stay and to face Romeo. Then when Romeo wants to walk away from the fight he will not let him. Tybalt was over confident and wanted to fight Romeo; he would not back down. ...read more.


One example is when Sampson says, "My naked weapon is out." This could be interpreted as two meanings. Another quote is when Sampson exclaims, "I will bite my thumb" which also has a double meaning. My final quote that proves my point is from Mercutio when he states, "you shall find me a grave man." I believe that the play contains an equal part of violence and love. If there had not have been the two rival families Romeo and Juliet might never of met and I think that having the violence in the play brought them closer together. It made them more determined to be together what ever the cost. The film and the play are two very different things, they both contain the main plot but the film misses out a lot of the key points in the play. My favourite scene in the play is Act three, Scene five. When Romeo and Juliet are together for the last time I think it is sad that they never see each other again. It shows great emotion and gives us an insight into what they would have been feeling if the play were true. I think it was witty how Shakespeare made us ponder over the idea they might never see each other again and how Romeo had to say goodbye to Juliet. ...read more.

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