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Romeo Juliet conflict

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"Explore Shakespeare's presentation of conflict in Act 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet'" 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play written by William Shakespeare and is about a boy and girl from "two households both alike in dignity," who fall in love putting aside their family feud. Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet. There are films based on this story taken from different periods of time. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a famous love story which ends in death. Characters of different personalities are featured in the story, which creates a contrasting atmosphere and some conflict within the story. Love being the key conflict of this story, creates tension and builds up the story in a variety of ways throughout the story. Romeo and Juliet are young characters who have a passion of love for one another and the elders of the families disagree with this. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, strongly hates the Montagues and causes a lot of friction during the first act. William Shakespeare wrote the prologue making sure that tragic predestination was successful to introduce the conflicts of the play. The prologue is an Elizabethan sonnet which builds up the themes of death, conflict, love and fate. "Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean," here the audience is told that the civilians in the story fight till someone is injured badly. ...read more.


"O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." Love at first sight makes Romeo feel very passionate towards Juliet and he describes her like she lights up the room with her beauty. "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows," of all the girls Romeo has seen, Juliet stands out among them all. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony here, as the audience knows that Romeo is part of the Montague family and Juliet is part of the Capulet family. Not realising that Juliet is a Capulet, Romeo considers her to be "Like a rich jewel" which shows that she is precious to him. For the first time, Romeo has fallen in love with someone and therefore he praises her like she is an angel from heaven, using religious language: "holy palmers'", "saints lips". "gentle sin". Shakespeare develops a few characters' behaviours and personalities throughout the story, adding to the family conflict going on. Tybalt, a bitter member of the Capulet family causes many conflicts in the first act. Tybalt's entrance tells the audience that he is a very disruptive character, "Have at thee coward!" And "As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee." Tybalt does not sound very compromising which therefore adds to the conflict between the families. ...read more.


He still encourages Paris to keep faith and that he has nothing against Juliet courting Paris, "But woo her gentle Paris, get her heart/My will to her consent is but a part/And she agreed, within her scope of choice." On the other hand, Lady Capulet is very fond of Paris as she uses metaphors to describe him. "This precious book of love," Lady Capulet says this in a manner that she persuades Juliet to get married to him. Because Lady Capulet likes Paris, she uses an extended metaphor to convince Juliet that he is the one. The talk of "golden book" is used to picture him as an intellectual person with his knowledge of the world around them. In conclusion, conflict is caused in all scenes from different characters and aspects. Shakespeare has used a wide range of language mechanisms to build up the "ancient grudge" through the first act. The prologue; the first scene where the two young men of the Capulet's house cause mayhem; love; language; age; status. These are just a few of the many ways in which Shakespeare has developed to give the audience a clear image of the conflict which will grow later. Of all the other reasons for conflict, I think the biggest key conflict is the anger and rivalry between the two households because this is what triggers off every other conflict in the story. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny." ...read more.

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