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Violence and coflict are central to William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. I will discuss this theme with reference to 2 scenes in the play, Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1.

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Romeo and juliet speech Violence and coflict are central to William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. I will discuss this theme with reference to 2 scenes in the play, Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1. When Shakespeare wrote this play, in 1957, he was a very popular playwrite, and everyone loved going to his amazing plays. In the play there are a number of main themes, these are, love, feuding families, violence and conflict, life and death, power and fate. These themes are split into 2 catogaries, light & darkness. Darkness is associated with ideas of death, violence and sadness. Ligh is associated with ideas of love, life and hope. The play is about 2 families, the capulets and the montagues, who have an ongoing business feud. Here is a brief description of the main characters in the play. Romeo, he is son of Lord Montague, he is sworn enemy with all capulets, he is very head strong and impulsive. ...read more.

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It all starts when Sampson says: 'My naked weapon is out' This quote shows that sampson is ready for confortation with the montague servants. Then Benvolio and Tybalt both enter the scene, Benvoilio tries to keep peace to avoid violence and conflict by saying, 'I do but keep the peace, put up thy sword.' but Tybalt has none of it and replies by saying: 'What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee coward!' I think that this quote shows us Tybalt is looking for a fight, hates all montagues and does not want to make peace with them. Later on in the scene the Prince warns the 2 families, he says: 'Your lives shall pay for the forfeit of peace.' This means if there is any more violence or conflict with the 2 families the ones involved shall be killed. ...read more.

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Romeo is kicked out of the town by the prince, he isn't killed like the prince said they would be if any more violence and conlflict occured. The Prince understands why Romeo comited the crime. The effects of the 2 scenes shows us just how violent the feud is. Even Lord Capulet and Lord Montague don't do anything to try to prevent any violence or conflict between the families, they set a very bad example and the family follow and look up to each Lord. For example in act 1 scene 1 Lord Montague calls Lord Capulet a villian, then in act 3 scene 1 we see Tybalt call Romeo a villian. When Lord Montague first enters the play he is wearing his gown and he says to Lady capulet 'Give me my long sword' this shows he is ready to fight. I'm sure you can imagine how rediculas he would look. The way that the story unholds leaves the audience believing the play couldn't end any other way. These 2 scenes are very effective at expressing the feud, and show us that violence and conflict are central to this play. ...read more.

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