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Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare- Romeo and Juliet Explain how Shakespeare dramatises the theme of conflict in "Romeo and Juliet" focusing on Act 3 Scene 1. The play Romeo and Juliet was one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, it was written between 1589 and 1595. It was traditional in Shakespearian times for the woman to be much younger than the man. Marriage is also popular at a very young age as Romeo and Juliet were married when Juliet was only 14 years old. The play Romeo and Juliet shows values of time. The value of family is all about the wider family, the value of honour in the play is shown when Mercutio and Romeo are fighting as Tybalt insulted Romeo, so a fight begun. The value of youth is shown when they are growing up and they are to do what the parents say because of the conflict between the two families, The Montague's and the Capulets. The prologue is introduced by the scene of conflict between the Montague's and the Capulets. It tells us about the feud. "From ancient grudge break new mutiny" it tells us that the feud is bitter and pathetic. The feud is only resolved by the death of their children Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.


Benvolio fears meeting the Capulets, knowing a fight will surely follow, "and if we meet we shall not scape a brawl, for now, these hot days is the mad blood stirring". Mercutio laughs at his fears, accusing Benvolio of being a quick-tempered quarreller. Tybalt and Petruchio who is Tybalts friend enter with other Capulets. Mercutio insults Tybalt but Tybalt ignores him because he wants to see Romeo as he believes Romeo mocked him by turning up at the Capulets party. Benvolio is a peacemaker he doesn't like fighting. "We talk here in the public haunt of men" he is sensible as he saw danger ahead. "Either withdraw unto some private place". Romeo enters and refuses to fight him. During the scene of conflict Shakespeare has set the scene in the height of summer as the heat is supposed to create madness, this is why Shakespeare moved the action from spring to the summer. Mercutio gets angry with Romeo because Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt, Tybalt starts on Benvolio, Mercutio and Tybalt start to fight and Romeo tries to stop them by reminding them that the Prince will banish them from Verona if he see's them fighting in public again. Mercutio gets wounded and Tybalt flees with his followers. ...read more.


Friar John then tells Friar Lawrence of the letter not reaching Romeo, but Romeo is already at the tomb where he is stopped by Paris who tries to arrest him, but he is killed by Romeo, who then lies next to Juliet and drinks the poison. Balthasar who is outside tells Friar Lawrence that Romeo is in the tomb. Friar Lawrence finds Romeo and Paris dead and Juliet awakening, he begs Juliet to come with him but she stabs herself telling him she would rather be with Romeo. The two families come together to the tomb to see their children and make peace and agree to set up a golden statue of Romeo and Juliet. The death of Romeo and Juliet relates to the theme of conflict because, they both couldn't live without one another, so the only way to be with one another was to kill themselves. Many people were killed from the conflict and this tells the two families and the audience the foolishness of the conflict was. It was necessary for the death of Romeo and Juliet as this was the only way the family's feud would stop as they realised their foolish conflict only ended in tragedy. This play told the audience about hate, feuding and conflict, it tells them that it will always end in tragedy and that hate is foolish and conflict wont solve anything. Kay Marriner 11U 1 Shakespeare "Romeo + Juliet" Essay ...read more.

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