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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. Natalie Kinsella 10T Introduction A boy and a girl, from families who hate each other bitterly, fall in love, but everything goes wrong for them and they kill themselves rather than be parted. Most of the play takes place in 'fair Verona' an attractive little city in the north of Italy. The action moves quickly from the city streets to the hall of old Capulet's house, then to the orchard below Juliet's balcony, to Friar Lawrence's' lonely cell and finally to the vault where the Capulet's and the Montague's view their dead children. The play starts on a Sunday morning in the middle of July; less than five days later - just before dawn on the following Thursday - it is all over. Historical background "Romeo and Juliet was first performed in the Globe theatre in 1595. At the time, Queen Elizabeth ruled England: she loved the theatre. An audience in the 16th century would have enjoyed this particular play because there are scenes of vulgar language and conflict between feuding families. First violent scene Act one Scene one is the opening fighting scene where two of Capulet's servants, Sampson and Gregory, wander the streets of Verona and come across two Montague servants. ...read more.

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Tybalt is expressly looking to find Romeo, whom he wants to punish for sneaking into the masked party the previous day. In his anger he states: "Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford No better term than this,--thou art a villain." Conversely Romeo wants peace with Tybalt as they are now related through Juliet, but Romeo will defend his friends if Tybalt pursues it "I do protest, I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love: And so, good Capulet,--which name I tender As dearly as my own,--be satisfied" Tybalt has no idea that Romeo and Juliet are married, which makes it extremely difficult because if either of them kills one another it shall mean trauma for Juliet. Tybalt is unsure how to deal with Romeo, but since Mercutio begins provoking him to a duel Tybalt attacks "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away. Draws Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" Tybalt draws his sword and attacks Mercutio, Romeo draws his sword and intervenes but he is too late to prevent Tybalt from stabbing Mercutio. Mercutio is falls and calls: "Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch; marry, 'tis enough." An infuriated Mercutio curses: "A plague o' both your houses! They have made worms' meat of me: I have it, And soundly too: your houses!" ...read more.

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disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face:" Lady Capulet refuses to help Juliet "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word: Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee." Lady Capulet left Juliet in despair in such an un-motherly way, and is refusing to speak to her. She tries to turn to her motherly figure, the Nurse, but even she tells her that Paris is a fine gentleman whom she should marry "Then, since the case so stands as now it doth, I think it best you married with the county. O, he's a lovely gentleman!" Juliet is enraged by this and kicks out her Nurse and prepares to visit Friar Laurence. As the Nurse leaves, Juliet calls her, "Ancient damnation!" this suggest that she now feels hatred towards the nurse for siding with her father. Conclusion In my opinion this play is violent because it shows the conflicts of families, when the reason is unknown. How proud they shall be in not wanting peace amongst Verona, the way the houses treat each other, the spite and cruelty they speak. I feel that overall it illustrates love and hatred because two members of the rivalry houses grew to love each other when their family's displayed such venom. It is sad to think that the Capulet's and Montague's hated each other so much that they were willing to sacrifice their children for their own pride. ...read more.

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