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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, which is about two star-crossed lovers torn between their feuding families. Although it is a play about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a civil brawl and ends with tragic death. The violence in the play happens because of an ancient grudge between the two families, which leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will discuss the importance of these violent scenes and how they contribute to the play. "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare and was first performed in 1595. It is set in the 16th century. When Shakespeare wrote the play Queen Elizabeth I ruled England. She loved the theatre. People in the 16th century were fond of any sort of entertainment. ...read more.

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This scene begins when Tybalt and his companions approach Benvolio and Mercutio. Benvolio has already told Mercutio that they should go indoors as its very hot outside and the Capulets are around but Mercutio refuses. The Capulets are looking for Romeo but Mercutio looks for a fight, Benvolio urges caution. Then Romeo arrives on the scene. Tybalt insults Romeo, " Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this-thou art a villain." - In an attempt to provoke a fight, but Romeo responds calmly and will not take up the challenge. Mercutio then challenges Tybalt and they fight, in the confusion, Tybalt stabs Mercutio. As Tybalt and his friends try to escape, they realise that Mercutio has been fatally injured, he dies almost immediately. As Romeo realises that Tybalt has killed his best friend, Tybalt returns, Romeo frenziedly attacks him and kills him. Romeo then escapes. In this scene we see a different side of Romeo. ...read more.

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Also, when Lord Capulet says "my fingers itch", he would then strike Juliet across the face and she would fall to the floor crying. But, I would also have Juliet stand up to Capulet, shout back at him, to show how strong both characters really are. Over all I think this play is very violent. It has many violent scenes in which people are killed and injured. Violence, I would say, is one of the main themes of this play along with hatred and love. What I remember most about reading the play would be the Love. After all, the whole play revolves round the love of Romeo and Juliet. I think Romeo's use of romantic language has a big effect on how to interpret his character. My favourite scene is Act 1 Scene 5, when Romeo and Juliet first meet. Although not a violent scene its very capturing, meaning it's a scene which gets the audiences attention as it is a very romantic first meeting and a fairly important scene. Shakespeare's language is very complex but I still enjoyed reading this play. ...read more.

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