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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 text

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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 text Romeo and Juliet was written in the year 1595, when William Shakespeare was 26 years of age. By experimenting with his ideas Shakespeare created a play full of various emotions full of miraculous events. Throughout the play he created a recipe of tragedy, love, hope, sadness and most of all death. He played with these ideas, by making love the creator of death. Although there are many romantic scenes in this play, they often lead to hate and conflict, with various scenes of violence. This can be easily seen in the first few scenes of the play. The conflict occurs over an "ancient" feud between the two families, the Montague and the Capulet. In the play it does not state what the "ancient" feud was about or why it occurred but it creates a huge tension between the families throughout the play. When Romeo and Juliet fall in love it makes matters worse, as the families feuds drive the lovers to their deaths. This essay is based on the conflicts, which occur throughout this play, and how private and public conflicts in the play affect each scene. This essay will also investigate the differences between both public and private conflict and whether they can be treated as two separate issues, or as one. The first public dispute occurs in the first scene of the play, Act 1:1. The servants of both Capulet and Montague families are involved. The public argument begins between these servants by exchanging subtle comments and rude gestures. The scene is set in a public place in the streets of Verona. After a while the arguments develop creating a huge scene of violence, affecting everyone near the scene. Abram: Do you bit your thumb at us sir? Sampson: I do bite my thumb sir The fact that the servants have no relation to the families at all shows that the bond between the two is very strong. ...read more.

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Additionally it demonstrates that this private conflict has expanded into a huge public conflict between everyone close to the family. Anyone who belongs to each of these families must stay loyal to their family, and is part of this fight, whether or not they are related. When Romeo tries to stop the fight Tybalt's sword injures Mercutio, who eventually dies, cursing both their families. This scene involves both private and public conflict. There is a sense of private conflict; Romeo is confused about his position. He has to secretly decide and chose between his love for Juliet and honour for his family. It's his love for Juliet, and now being related to Tybalt, which is stopping him from fighting. He has to keep his marriage a secret even from his friends. He suffers private conflict, being married to his enemy, makes the situation even harder. The public conflict occurs over the "ancient" feud. This scene occurs because of the hatred between the two families fighting for their family's honour. The two cases of private and public conflict actually overlap in Romeo's position. As he is involved with the ancient feud between the two families and has the responsibility of protecting his family. He is also being pulled the other way by his private relationship with Juliet, a Capulet, an enemy. Even though he is now married to Juliet, he still cannot escape the conflict between the two families, because it his duty to protect his family. He is trying not to use any violence against Tybalt and risking hurting Juliet's cousin. When Mercutio fights against Tybalt, in Romeo's position he is killed even after Romeo's best intentions. Now that Mercutio is dead, Romeo cannot back out of the situation because he blames himself for the death of his friend. For Mercutio's benefit Romeo is determined to take his revenge. Romeo's excuse for not fighting is that he loves Tybalt like his own family, and that he not reason to fight Tybalt. ...read more.

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The play is based around several different elements, love, hate, sadness, and understanding. The fact that the death of two lovers was the only way the families stopped fighting showed how the families finally understood each other. The violence in the play only helped the understanding of the characters to make them realise what was actually going on. The death of Tybalt, the death of Mercutio and the death of Romeo and Juliet, always had consequences for the other characters. In my opinion I also believe that public and private conflict cannot always be separated in this particular play. It is easy to tell in different scenes whether it is a public or private feud but they often overlap, making it harder to tell the difference. They often just mean the same thing instead of separating them into two different factors. An example to back up reason could be when Romeo is being forced into fighting with Tybalt. The public factor was that they are both enemies, a Montague and a Capulet. The private factor is that Romeo couldn't fight because he is married to Tybalt's cousin and that they are family. It is easy to tell which is private and public but both actually overlap in this situation because they are enemies, but they are actually both on the same side, being related to each other makes them on the same team, leaving them with no reason to fight. In this situation I don't think there is one particularly character to blame for the conflicts caused throughout the play. Although I do believe that both Lord Capulet and Lord Montague should be held responsible. This is because they are both in charge of both their families, where their members respect and listen to their orders. These two characters could have had the chance to sit down and talk about what was wrong and how they could of changed things, without any of the characters fighting or dying. ?? ?? ?? ?? Romeo&Juliet-essay.conflict&violence Nafaz Miah 11JP 2 ...read more.

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