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Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss these themes with reference to at least three scenes in the play

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Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss these themes with reference to at least three scenes in the play The play "Romeo and Juliet" is known to be a tragic love story. However, violence and conflict between families that occur throughout the play cause the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will be discussing the violence and conflict and to highlight their importance within the story. At the start of the play there is violence between the two families of Montagues and the Capulets, the two servants of the Capulets Sampson and Gregory introduce us of the feud between them. The things that are said by Sampson and Gregory are sexual and also show us of the feud of the families by wanting to fight the Montague. 'I will push Montagues men from the wall and thrust his maids to the wall'. In this quote, Sampson talks about wanting to fight Montagues men and taking their women for himself. 'I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list, here Gregory talks about stirring up trouble by making faces at the Montague men and to provoke them. ...read more.

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Mercutio is getting annoyed with Romeo for letting Tybalt insult him and Romeo isn't even fighting back, Romeo just says that he doesn't want to fight Tybalt and that he loves him. At this point, Mercutio is all steamed up and he fights Tybalt instead; then Romeo tries to stop the fight, but then Tybalt sticks his sword under Romeo's arm into Mercutio, Tybalt looks at his sword and notices the blood on it, so Tybalt; the rest of the Capulets flee. Mercutio "I am hurt", everyone thought he was joking around because that's the sort of person Mercutio was, since no one in the house of Montagues would help him; the Capulets are the ones who stabbed him, Mercutio placed a plague over both the houses. Romeo got really angry with Mercutio's death, Romeo claimed this day to be 'black fate'. Romeo goes after Tybalt, when he finds him, Romeo tells Tybalt that he has slain Mercutio, so Romeo decides to fight Tybalt, 'they fight aggressively' but in the end, Romeo rises to become victorious, Romeo runs away. ...read more.

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The historical context, is that fathers could force their daughters into marriage, but she can't marry Paris because she is already married to Romeo. Friar Lawrence's plan, which is a remedy that would give Juliet the power to die, but it doesn't actually kill her, it just makes her seem dead, for three days, then she wakes from her deep sleep. "Romeo and Juliet" is known to be a 'love story', but there are a number of times, which would suggests that the themes of 'violence and conflict' are central to the play. This play can be very violent at times, such as in Act 3 Scene 1, when Mercutio and Tybalt were both killed. I think the fight scenes have more impact on the audience, because it shows how aggressive the two houses can get at times, towards each other. I think "Romeo and Juliet" is both a love and hate story, because it shows that two families hate each other, where there always fighting and some end up dieing. The love part from where two people, one from each house fall in love and end up killing themselves just so they don't have to hide there love from the houses (there families) anymore. ...read more.

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