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Romeo and Julliet

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Emma Jones Mrs Allies (KLA) Monday 7th January 2008 Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare How does Shakespeare express conflict in the play Romeo and Juliet with reference to three scenes? Shakespeare expresses conflict in Romeo and Juliet by using different types of techniques. These techniques include such things as strong powerful words and language to describe characters emotions towards each other and to describe fight scenes so that you can picture it in your mind. This essay will be exploring and explaining how Shakespeare expresses conflict between characters in the play Romeo and Juliet referring to three key scenes. At the beginning of the play, in Act one, scene one, Shakespeare starts with a fight which shows the conflict straight away between the Capulet's and the Montague's by having a fight between the servants from the two houses. ...read more.


However, Sampson trys to outdo Gregory and feeling very big Sampson says to Gregory, "I will bite my thumb at them." Biting your thumb at someone was seen as a rude gesture a bit like sticking your finger up it today. This shows they are trying to be clever and they hope that Abram and Balthasar will not do anything. However, they are much mistaken and Abram starts questioning Sampson who at this point is very worried and hesitates and starts saying "I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I do bite my thumb, sir" which shows that he is worried and is wary of what he says incase he says something wrong. However, Benvolio then enters exclaiming "Part, fools!" and this leads on to a short quarrel followed by a bigger fight including Tybalt and Benvolio now as well but luckily the officers soon come in and bravely stop the fight before anyone gets injured or killed. ...read more.


Romeo tries to calm down Tybalt to prevent a fight from arising. Romeo does not succeed however, and Mercutio exclaims that he is ready to fight with Tybalt. However, Mercutio loses the fight and Tybalt stabs Mercutio and the language and strong effective words that Shakespeare uses all contribute to the effect that is felt by the reader and the emotions that are felt during the fight and it is described so that it is emotional. In conclusion, Shakespeare's most effective uses to express conflict in Romeo and Juliet are by making the characters use gestures to offend the other characters to cause tension between the two characters which causes them all to start a fight using swords where people get stabbed and killed. The second and in my view most effective way that Shakespeare uses to convey conflict is using verbal insults passed from two characters in which they mock and provoke the other into making them fight to show the other that they are better and stronger. ...read more.

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