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Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet." Discuss this theme with reference key scenes in this play.

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Nick Thorogood Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet." Discuss this theme with reference key scenes in this play. Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the world. The drama portrays the violent, but so passionate acts of love, which are shown throughout Romeo and Juliet. The consequences of the two families' bitter, hostile fighting are portrayed emotionally through the premature demise of the "pair of star-cross'd lovers" in this saying; the Prologue instantly reveals that the fates of Romeo and Juliet are to come to an untimely end during the play. In Verona, the feud between the Capulets and Montagues reigns supreme, and rules seemingly over love, over justice, in an almost unfair manner, as "civil blood makes civil hands unclean". The image of violence being so unfair exists prominently in the deaths of so many of the cast. We see the two obvious images of the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet. Their young, pure lives are brought to a despicable end through the violence around them. Immediately we are introduced to Capulet Servants, Who are caught confidently boasting about themselves, with Montague insults also part of their conversation, "A dog of the house of Montague moves me". ...read more.

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Tybalt reacts by asking servant to "Fetch me my rapier". The First thing he thinks about is his weapon, giving an obvious portrayal of himself as being violent natured. Even as Capulet Pleads with him to put Nick Thorogood a hold on his rage as it is his party. Tybalt unwillingly decides to keep the peace, "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet convert to bitter gall", this quote tells you that Tybalt is dying to attack Romeo. This, like the prologue gives an insight to the audience for a future meeting, which will result in violence. Act 3, Scene 1 is a key violent scene in the play. It takes place after Romeo and Juliet's secret marriage. Benvolio suggests returning home, due to the heat and many Capulets roaming Verona and he did not want to be involved in any fracas. Mercutio - "God send me no need of thee and by the operation of the second cup draws it on the drawer, when indeed there is no need". Opposing this suggestion and accuses Benvolio of having a quick temper. Tybalt appears in search of Romeo, as he wants to take his fury out on him. ...read more.

Conclusion

This scene is violent but the violence is brought across so subtly and almost romantically. The "pair of star-cross'd lovers" felt so strongly and passionately about each other that they took their lives when they could not be together because of the seeming endless feuding of their families. Ironically, these acts of love pieced the two families of Verona together, showing that the destiny of Romeo and Juliet was to bring their families together. The two families pay the price and they finally end the feud and agree to put up statues in memory of their children. Prince says the last words of this exceptionally Nick Thorogood tragic play "A glooming peace this morning with it brings; the sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; some shall be pardon'd, and some punished". Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly a play written around violence and conflict. Shakespeare's tragic drama of the "star-crossed" young lovers is seen to be an extraordinary work. Indeed, Romeo and Juliet was an experimental stage piece at the time of its composition, featuring several radical departures from long-standing conventions, which were caused by the violence and conflict around them. These innovative aspects of the play, moreover, reinforce and embellish its principal themes. ...read more.

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