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Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' is a good example of a revenge tragedy.

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Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' is a good example of a revenge tragedy. Where the two main characters are star crossed lovers. They are unable to tell anyone as their families have a feud with one another. The scene I will be discussing is important to the play as a whole as it includes conflict, love and tragedy. Act 1 scene 1, is very similar to act 3 scene 1 in many ways. Shakespeare has done this to create tension between the two scenes, as the audience will expect a fight from this scene reflecting the first one. The prince has to intervene in both but in the first he gives a warning 'your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace'. The audience is now aware of this statement. Also to add to this the scenes are both set in public places, with both Benvolio and Tybalt included. Benvolio is still very aware of the consequences and tries to be the peace maker, where as Tybalt still wants to fight again. ...read more.


Tybalt foils Benvolio throughout the scene. He does this as Benvolio is quite a trustworthy character. He is very aware of the consequences and is always trying to prevent fights, It shows this where he says 'all eyes gaze on us', where as Tybalt gives the impression of him having no fear of anything, as he is always up for a fight, 'I am for you', or 'let's fight'. Their characters are the very opposite of each other. Likewise, Romeo and Mercutio act as foils against each other, as Romeo is very emotional, his emotions differ quickly which gives him his dramatic character. Romeo is very hot blooded and extreme. This is shown as he is heart broken first of all, he then falls in love with Juliet and gets married to her the next day. In act 2 scene 6, the friar gives a warning has no fear 'violent delights have violent ends', the audience remember these words which let's them know something will happen. This either does not bother Romeo and he goes behind everyone's back and marries Juliet, or it makes him keener as he has no fear of the consequences, which captivates the audience as they are now certain that something is going to happen. ...read more.


'vile submission'. Mercutios words show us he is angry but looking forward to a fight. Romeos love for Juliet is also conveyed as their love for each other has caused the whole scene. Shakespeare dislays the theme of conflict throughout the scene where first of all there is an ancient grudge upon the two families, which causes Tybalt to fight Romeo. Tybalt then kills Mercutio, which leads to Romeo killing Tybalt, 'either thou or I or both of us shall go with him' (Mercutio), this evaluates Romeos extreme emotions as he has now become a hot blooded italien, 'fire eyed fury', in revenge of his best friends murder. The idea of fate runs through the play as the audience are always aware that the lovers are 'star crossed'. In the same way Romeo thinks that he is 'fortunes fool'. I think that the scene is brilliantly written. I thought that it was believable as conflict, love and fate are everyday things in our world. Baz lurhrmans version of this is very similar but in a modern day world. I think that the reason Baz kept the language and dialect the same is to have the same ideas portrayed in the story, such as their laws and beliefs. ...read more.

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