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Violence and Conflict are central to 'Romeo and Juliet' Discuss this theme to at least three scenes!

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Violence and Conflict are central to 'Romeo and Juliet' Discuss this theme to at least three scenes! 'Romeo and Juliet' is a romantic/tragic play. Two people from different families that have a grudge fall in love but are forbidden to see each other but in the end they both die because of their feelings for each other. William Shakespeare wrote the play in 1593. William Shakespeare was not the first person to write 'Romeo and Juliet' it was actually Arthur Brooke and it was called Romeus and Juliet. When 'Romeo and Juliet' was written it was shown in The Globe Theatre which was the one of the only place for entertainment. This cost 1d to stand at the front and 3d to have a cushion and sit down. People in the 16th Century enjoyed it because there was nothing else for them to do. In the prologue it prepares us for violence because it says: 'From ancient grudge breaks to new muntiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes. A pair of star-crossed lovers takes their lives.' An old grudge will bring a new fight between two families that are equal that live in the same place. ...read more.

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The third violence scene in Act 3 Scene 5. Romeo stays at Juliet's and she urges him to be gone from her room before he is captured. As soon as he leaves lady capulet enters to inform her daughter hat she is to marry Paris on Thursday. Lord capulet comes in to the room and when Juliet refuses to marry the court. Capulets flies in to rage and tells her that she will obey him or be thrown out on to the streets. When Juliet's parents have gone the nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris given that Romeo will never be able to return to Verona. Juliet goes to the friar for advice. Juliet's cousin has died in scene 1 and she make it out to her mother that she is really upset about it and wants the person who done it to be killed knowing that it was Romeo. 'Indeed shall never be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him dead.' Although tybalt is Juliet's cousin she sees though that Romeo had killed him. What she really means when she says this is that she wont be happy until she is with him till she dies. ...read more.

Conclusion

In their grief Capulet and Montagues make peace with each other. The prince promising that some people will be pardoned and some punished. This scene is important because Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. The two families that have a grudge make peace 'O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's jointure for no more I demand' After everything that had happened between the two families the death of Romeo and Juliet made them think that the grudge was stupid and there were more important things to worry about. Romeo's mum died because of the grief of Romeo being banished. 'Alas. My liege, my wife is dead tonight; grief of my son's exile hath stopped her breathe.' The banishment of Romeo was far too much for his mother to handle and she was nothing without him being there. In conclusion I think that Romeo and Juliet is a violent play because the thing that I remembered most about the play is Romeo and Juliet dying and they are being violent to themselves. My favourite scene in the play is Act 5 Scene 3 because when Romeo hears that Juliet is dead he is willing to take his life. He realises that he can't go on without her and when Juliet awakes to find him dead she kills herself because she loved him. ...read more.

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