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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. It is famous for its poetic treatment of the ecstasy of the youthful love, dramatizes the fate of two lovers, victimized by the feuds and misunderstandings of their elders and by their own hasty temperaments. Although the play is about love there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a fight and ends with the death of the two young lovers, leading to the two families reconciling. The violence in the play happens because of an old feud between two families; Montague and Capulet. In the essay I will discuss how violence and conflict is the central to "Romeo and Juliet." "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare, who was born in 1564. William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in what was known as "Shakespeare's 2nd period" of his career which was around 1595. It is set in the 16th century. When Shakespeare wrote the play when Queen Elizabeth I ruled England. She loved the theatre. People in the 16th century loved any sport and entertainment; they liked watching plays at the theatre. An Audience in the 16th century would have liked Romeo and Juliet because of the Dramatic, love and tragedy scenes. ...read more.

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Hence, be gone, away!" The prince enters. He is told that Romeo killed Tybalt, and Tybalt Killed his relative Mercutio. The Prince decides that Romeo must be banished "immediately we do exile him hence..." this scene is one of the most dramatic scenes in the play it has drama, grief, defensive and retribution. The next important scene is Act3 Scene 5. The scene is important because it shows Juliet's relationship with her parents. The scene opens with Romeo and Juliet standing at the window of Juliet's bedroom. They are discussing what will happen next. Juliet says "wilt thou be gone?..." Romeo replies "...I must be gone and live, or stay and die," Juliet does not want Romeo to leave; however Juliet soon realises that Romeo must go he shall be put to death. The nurse enters, she tells Juliet her mother is coming. Romeo soon leaves the scene. Juliet is heartbroken. Lady Capulet enters, to find Juliet sitting on her bed weeping. Lady Capulet misunderstands the situation "evermore weeping for yours cousins' death?" Lady Capulet soon realises that Juliet is weeping over the loss of Romeo not Tybalt. Lady Capulet then tells Juliet that Lord Capulet has arranged for her to marry Count Paris. Juliet is angry to hear this sudden news and says "...I pray you tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet. And when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo..." ...read more.

Conclusion

There rust, and let me die" she stabs herself falls on Romeo and dies. If I was to direct Act 3 scene 3 I would have the stage look as if it was set in a pretty church with flowers everywhere to create a peaceful and religious atmosphere. I would show how upset Juliet is by having her scream and fall to the ground crying when she sees Romeo dead. This would show the grief, the audience would also think she was going mad with grief. Although the scene would be set in a church because the death of the two young lovers is so dramatic, it wouldn't matter where it was set, because the audience would be focused on the events going on. In my opinion Romeo and Juliet is quite a violent play, looking at these scenes, I have noticed that although the play is based on love, along the way the two lovers had to tackle the violence, loss and grief of those around them. From watching the film I remember the love side of the pay, but reading the play I remember the violence side more. In my opinion the pay does have equal amounts of love and hatred. My favourite scene was the last scene where both Romeo and Juliet die. This is my favourite scene because this scene shows how much they would sacrifice for each other. I also like this scene because it has drama, tragedy, grief all in one and the two families reconcile, although it took the death of their children to make them realise what they had. ...read more.

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