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Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in the play "Romeo and Juliet" is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1595. It is a tragedy and this is known from the very start of the play in the prologue where it states that, "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" in other words Romeo and Juliet will commit suicide. This also links in with one of the many themes of the play, which is fate and the idea that Romeo and Juliet cannot escape their fate. There are various other themes running throughout the play "Romeo and Juliet" including violence, conflict, love, family, friendship and fate. These themes create an interesting storyline that would have been fascinating for people in the 16th Century because its many themes could please most audiences. The themes are actually very similar to modern day film scripts and this is one of the reasons why "Romeo and Juliet" is still a popular play today. I will be mainly discussing the theme of violence and conflict in the following scenes; Act 1 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 5, but I will also show different views on which theme could be regarded to be the central or core theme. ...read more.

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Villain am I none. Therefore farewell; I see thou knowst me not."(3.1.60-64) Although they are both using words such as love and villain, Tybalt uses these words to try to try to provoke a fight, where as Romeo reflects these words to try to avert a fight. The reason for Romeo not wanting to fight is because he has married Juliet and is therefore related to Tybalt. There is dramatic irony in this, as no one else knows of the marriage. Mercutio can't understand why Romeo is not defending himself and steps in, to try and defend Romeo against Tybalt. There is a lot of word play in this scene to make fun of each other. Mercutio says: "Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives:..."(3.1.75-80) This doesn't mean anything to a modern day audience but in the 16th century there was a well-known story about a fictional king of cats and here Mercutio is referring to that story. A 16th century audience would have enjoyed this part of the play. In addition to this it provokes more conflict between Mercutio and Tybalt. This leads to the sword fight and the stabbing of Mercutio. After this Mercutio says before he dies: "I am hurt. A plague o' both your houses! ...read more.

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Violence and conflict are definitely central to the play but it is extremely difficult to decide which is the more central theme. Violence occurs because of the love each family has for each other and they feel they have to protect themselves with violence. So without love for there families they wouldn't be willing to fight for each other therefore there wouldn't be any violence. But without violence there could still be love for each other. There is also another theme of pride in "Romeo and Juliet". Each family is too proud to try to have a reasonable conversation; this is evident because they aren't even sure what they're fighting for because they have been fighting for so long. If they didn't have this idea that they needed to compete with each other then they wouldn't need to prove themselves by fighting each other. Romeo and Juliet are the only two people who don't want to fight each other because they didn't know they were of opposing families when they met and fell in love. If they had known that they were of opposing families I don't think they would have fallen in love. It is almost impossible to decide which theme is definitely the central theme but I think that it is violence and conflict. Although love is also a continuous theme, it isn't as important and central as violence and conflict. 1 ...read more.

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