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Shakespeare's presentation of conflict in Romeo and Juliet.

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Shakespeare's presentation of conflict in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, the play in which the 'star crossed lovers' are willing to give their lives to be together. In my essay I will concentrate on and analyse the way that Shakespeare puts conflict across with the techniques and the language he has used. The play is opened by a prologue which is written in prose the prologue is very hard-hitting and informative, 'two households' lets the audience know that the play is based on two different families or clans. 'In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny.' This is telling us that the play is set in Verona and that there has been a grudge between these families for years on end. 'A Pair of star-crossed lovers take their life' lets us know that there will be a death (suicide) ...read more.

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Straight away Tybalt finds this as a great opportunity to fight with Benvolio. Several members of each family enter as they fight and citizens follow carrying clubs. There is a great fight involving the citizens and the two households. The prince interrupts the civil war and very sternly while speaking in poetry, commonly used for characters with higher status, warns the houses that if they 'ever disturb the streets again' their lives will 'forfeit the peace'. In the effort to calm the houses' constant arguing and scare them with the threat of killing them if they cause another civil war. Act three, scene one opens with Benvolio trying to persuade Mercutio to stay outside; he is aware that a fight may start. There is very strong hatred and conflict between the Montague and Capulet families: 'Lets retire...we meet we shall not scape a brawl' this shows that Benvolio is again a peacemaker and is acknowledging the prince's earlier words, By this you can tell that Benvolio is a peacemaker. ...read more.

Conclusion

The other characters would have been on either side building up tension by cheering on the fights and getting themselves aggressive. The words and the form in which they are spoken that Shakespeare has chosen for the characters to speak can show their social class. Tybalt calls Romeo a villain and in the time of Shakespeare this was a terrible insult to a person born into a family of noble status as it means you are referring to them as a peasant/common man. Romeo replies to this 'villain I am none.' He is obviously offended by this and is trying to set Tybalt right. The way they are talking to each other is again provoking fights and annoying one and other Tybalt also calls Romeo 'my man' and saying this he is implying Romeo is a servant and that is when Mercutio says he wont wear Tybalt's livery, livery being the clothes of a servant. There for reacting with the comments made earlier. ...read more.

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