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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 large tragic play, which is about two feuding families the Montagues and the Capulets of Verona. Although it is a play about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a conflict between the Capulet and Montague households who become involved in arguments in a public place in Verona, they lose their tempers and swords are drawn. The play ends with two innocent people dieing to do with the two feuding families. The violence in the play happens because of an ancient feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, which leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The play is still relevant today because there still are families who don't want their sixteen year-old daughters to go out with a thirty five year-old men, also some people don't want their children marrying different religions other than their own i.e. Protestants and Catholics. In this essay I will discuss Act 1 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene 3. ...read more.

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When Tybalt arrives Mercutio says "By my heel I care not". This statement shows that he is ready to fight, and he is not afraid. Mercutio then says, "I will not budge for no mans pleasure" this tells us that he is up for a fight. Tybalt tries to start this fight with Romeo by saying "Thou art a villain". This is a great insult to Romeo who is of a noble birth. Romeo tries to make peace with Tybalt. As this didn't work Tybalt then orders Romeo to take out his sword and fight. Tybalt wants to fight Romeo because he is disgraced by him going to the Capulets party. Mercutio calls Tybalt a "rat catcher" just before his death. The death of Mercutio is very violent, he says "a plague on both your houses". Mercutio says that his cut was only a scratch while it was a bad stabbing. Mercutio stabs Tybalt under his arm. When Romeo sees his friend is dying his mood changes. He becomes sad and guilty, this is backed up when he says "I thought all for the best". ...read more.

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Death that hath sucked the honey of thy breath. A dateless bargain to engrossing death". Parts of this scene are very fast moving again building up tension and conflict, making it very exciting for the audience. When Juliet realises that Romeo has killed himself she then stabs herself with a dagger. This death itself is very violent but again it adds excitement for us the audience. This scene is important as we see the tragic consequences of the feud between the Montague's and Capulet's which results in Romeo and Juliet dieing together as they wanted to be together but their families didn't approve. As a result of these deaths these families then stopped feuding but it was awful that two innocent people had to die as a result. If I had to direct Act 5 Scene 3 for the stage I would set this scene in a pretty church with flowers everywhere to create a peaceful and religious atmosphere. The reason I have chosen this is because normally when you die you go to a church. I would show how upset Juliet was by having a tear in her eye and having her scream at the top of her voice when her husband Romeo kills himself. ...read more.

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