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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.

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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 tragic play set in Verona, Italy, about two unfortunate lovers from feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, who have an ancient grudge against each other. This horrific feud causes violence in the play. The pair get secretly married and suddenly get parted because they cannot escape the families' feud. Although it is a play about romance there are many scenes that contain violence, conflict, loyalty and bravery. The play opens with a prologue that tells us the story in advance. This insight into the play allows the audience an overview of the actions of Romeo and Juliet: we can see them struggling to attain happiness and know that they are always doomed to fail in this life at least. The play ends with the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will discuss the violence and conflict between Romeo and Juliet and their families. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was thought to be one of William Shakespeare's first great plays, and was first performed in 1595. The story of 'Romeo and Juliet' was thought to be taken from the poem, The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet written by Arthur Brooke in 1562. ...read more.

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Romeo reacts very violently. He fights and kills Tybalt. The Prince is again in involved and sentences Romeo to banishment. The mood at the start of this scene feels joyful to the audience because it is a hot day in Verona and the servants of the Montagues are outside relaxing after the party the night before. However this mood suddenly changes when Benvolio warns the group especially Mercutio that there might be some trouble if they do not get of the streets and go home. Mercutio does not listen. Mercutio's lively mood and defiance to Benvolio's sensible suggestion early on in the scene is crucial later in the scene when he decides to fight Tybalt in Romeo's place. In this scene there are two violent fights. The first fight happens because the Capulets and Tybalt are looking for Romeo to speak to him about gate crashing at their party the night before and to fight to get even with Romeo. However Romeo just being married to Juliet who is a Capulet, so he feels that Tybalt is family and he doesn't want to fight he own family. Mercutio fights for Romeo and he gets killed. The second fight happens because Romeo is drawn to fight Tybalt much against his will. Romeo has the fighting power because he wants to prove that his love for Juliet (who he has just married) ...read more.

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However in my opinion the most important aspect of the play is 'disloyalty' shown in Act three scene five where Juliet refuses to marry Paris and the idea of Romeo and Juliet's love for each other is being disloyal to there families throughout the play. Even though I think that disloyalty is a more important aspect of the play violence and conflict enhances the effectiveness of the play as a whole by bringing into the play tragedy and death mixed with the romance of Romeo and Juliet. This gives the play exciting fight scenes, arguments, romantic love scenes and tragic deaths. I think that the most dramatic scene that I have studied has to be act three scene five because of the mix of romance between Romeo and Juliet and the new found hatred between Juliet and her father. I found this scene especially good because I found it easy to relate to, because of arguments that happen today within families and the consequences of them. Then reading and watching though Romeo and Juliet I enjoyed the first scene when I was first introduced to the feud. 'ABRAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? SAMPSON I do bite my thumb, sir. ABRAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?' I think I remember this the most because at first I did not know what it meant but then I found out and it was an old offence gesture that would have been very offensive in the 16th century. ...read more.

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