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To what extent are Conflict and Love inextricably linked in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare?

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Romeo and Juliet Essay To what extent are Conflict and Love inextricably linked in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare? Romeo and Juliet is one of the most well known plays ever written, and part of the works that made William Shakespeare famous. The play's inextricable link between love and conflict is analysed by looking at the play's characters and actions. In the play, Shakespeare entwined fact and fiction, by looking at the history of romance in a foreign country and mixing his research with his own storytelling genious. The country at matter is Italy, at around the fifteenth century. Marriage in Italy was a very male empowered topic; females would have no say in who they married and girls often married at the premature age of fourteen or fifteen. The husband was also often chosen as a suitably rich or powerful ally for the family of the female. Romeo and Juliet is also famous for its sudden twists and turns in the feeling or theme of the play. The play shares two genres, love, an intense feeling of deep affection, and conflict, a serious disagreement or argument often linked with hatred. These two feelings, love and hate, often occur side by side, and such is so in Romeo and Juliet. The characters and events that exist in the play mirror the two themes, love and conflict, and it's upon those same characters and events which this essay is analysed. The storyline of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most well known around. The play starts straight off with conflict, where a few servants of the two ruling families, the Montagues (Romeo's family) and the Capulets (Juliet's family). It is at the start where we learn Romeo is in love with a woman named Rosaline. We also learn that Juliet is arranged to be married to Paris, who is associated with the Prince of the State. ...read more.

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conflict, but undying love for Juliet, his friends and his family, as well as courtly love for Rosaline at the beginning of the play, and conflict between others and also himself, self-conflict. Romeo's love is clear throughout the play. Although he does not declare it during the play, it is obvious he has a loving respect for his parents, such as when, in Act 1, Scene 1, he approaches Benvolio and asks "Was that my father that went hence so fast?" With this quote he obviously respects his father enough to recognise his position and with that position comes love. His love for his friends is undeniable. This is proved when his friend, Mercutio, is killed by the Capulet, Tybalt, in Act 3, Scene 1. His love for Mercutio is so great that when he realises his friend is dead, he is willing to die for him. This is shown in the quote "Mercutio's soul is but a little way above our heads,...Either thou or I, or both, must go with him". This quote shows Romeo describing Mercutio's soul as "a little way above our heads", from which he means he has only just died or only just on his way up to heaven. Also, from the second part of that quote, "Either thou or I, or both, must go with him", means that one or both of the pair must also die to make up for Mercutio's death and join him in death. This is an example of how love and conflict are linked, as his love for Mercutio leads to his conflict with Tybalt. His love for Juliet is clear throughout the play, but moreso at the end of they play, when he believes she is dead. Not only is he saddened at the loss of his lover, but he feels he must die with her because he can't live without her. ...read more.

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For example, love can lead to conflict, conflict can lead to love, love can lead to love and conflict can lead to conflict, all of which are reflected in Friar Lawrence's actions. Shakespeare's use of love and conflict within Romeo and Juliet causes different impressions on different people. I feel the use of the two is linked to 'fate' and 'free will'. Fate is events out of a person's control and predetermined. Free will is acting at your own discretion, making your own decisions. I believe that love is fate and conflict is free will. Romeo and Juliet is based a lot on fate and free will and this is a pattern in some of Shakespeare's most famous works. When reading Romeo or Juliet, or watching it as a play, the audience probably wouldn't recognise the fate and free will aspect of the play, but the aspects of love and conflict in the play would be picked up and the audience's emotions would reflect this. The audience would empathise with the characters throughout the play, living every tragic moment, but also every romantic moment. They would also begin to expect what was going to come next, as they'd think after a love scene there'd be a conflict scene, but would often be surprised, as the play isn't repetitive and there is a mixture of love and conflict scenes all the way through the play. The combination of love and conflict in Romeo and Juliet is a successful combination for tragedy, but not only that. Love can cause conflict and conflict can cause love, but also love can cause love and conflict can cause conflict and there's so many different types of love and conflict that a whole essay could be written on just that topic. Love and conflict do cause tragedy, but they also cause so many different emotions and events - which is what makes Romeo and Juliet such an exquisite play, and why people are still reading and watching film adaptations of it to this day. ...read more.

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