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violenc and conflict in romeo and juliet

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Introduction

Violence and Conflict a central theme to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The play Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy set in Verona. The characters Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love and get married, however there love is forbidden by there family's grudge against each other, this causes violence and conflict between the families and also in the families. The play is very much about family honour and how people protect it. This theme can be related to by 21st century people as well as 16th century people who were in Shakespeare's time. This love story ends in bloodshed and the lover's death. From the very beginning of the play it is shown that the lover's death was inevitable, the sheer hatred between the families was always going to doom the youths. In the prologue, it says, 'doth with their death bury their parents strife' which states when they die there parents will forget about there hatred for one another. It was four hundred years ago when William Shakespeare wrote the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. It was first performed in the Globe theatre in 1599 when Queen Elizabeth 1st ruled England. The Queen was very fond of the theatre and so were 16th century citizens. ...read more.

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Today's citizens would relate to Lord Capulets behaviour in wanting to join in because it is his family and he wants to help them. The prince of Verona enters, Prince Escales, he makes the laws and he is not happy with the brawls, 'By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets'. He is saying that he and his people are sick of it. 'If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the for fit of the peace', meaning they will execute whoever does this again. This line sets the tone of the play, to give you a rough outline of what might happen and draws you in to investigate more. Act 3 scene 5 is in Juliet's bedroom with Romeo and Juliet. It is the morning after their fist night together. I assume they were both virgins before that night, this could explain the lust from Juliet for Romeo to stay. Also Romeo has been exiled to Mantua after killing Tybalt Capulet and this could be the last time they see each other for a while or even ever. 'wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. It is the Nightingale, and not the lark, that pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear'. ...read more.

Conclusion

This scene has a lot of violence and conflict within it. The violence shown in this scene is domestic violence which can be related to by everyone. At the time of the play, in the sixteenth century women were expected to obey their parent's wishes and marry young. A women's role was to marry and bring up the children and it was frowned upon to object to their parent's wishes. Juliet wants to be with Romeo and not Paris however to prevent disgracing the Capulet's name and to stay with her family she would have to marry Paris. This scene is very violent and conflicting, Lord Capulet is a very powerful man who has a short temper, and that is compared to Juliet's tender and loving personality. The main point that Shakespeare is showing is that the worst conflict and violence is domestic. He shows how love leads to conflict and conflict leads to violence. It's conclusive that that violence and conflict plays a major role in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The prologue at the start shows the tragic outcome of this story and explains the feud and how it causes violence, conflict and death. Act 1 scene 1 shows the extent of the feud with verbal and physical violence when interacting with each other, also it sets the tone of the play and act 3 scene 5 shows how it leads to domestic violence and splitting up the family. ...read more.

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