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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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Romeo and Juliet English Coursework Violence and conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet. Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in the play. Introduction Violence and conflict are fundamental parts of "Romeo and Juliet", I will discuss this theme with reference to three significant scenes; Act 1 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 5. It is unusual that the story of "Romeo and Juliet" is that of a tragedy, for many of Shakespeare's writings in his early years were comedies or histories. "Romeo and Juliet" is set in 'Fair Verona', as are a number of his plays; Italy is regarded as a wealthy, romantic country where extraordinary tales of love could be located. The prologue tells us that the deaths of the 'star-crossed lovers' in the sense that the brilliance of their love stands out in the darkness of the society in which they lived and that this is the only way to end their 'parent's rage'. The prologue is written in the form of a sonnet; a fourteen-line poetic form. The story of "Romeo and Juliet" is told in advance by the prologue. This foreknowledge allows the audience an overview of Romeo and Juliet and their struggle to keep their happiness and how they are always doomed to fail. ...read more.

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he curses. The death of Mercutio inevitably destroys the friar's plan of reuniting the feuding families. Then Romeo who is now justly and indubitably enraged is prepared to avenge Mercutio's death when Tybalt returns to also prove to himself that the love he has to Juliet has not 'softened' him. "Romeo, away, be gone! / The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain" Romeo has changed dramatically compared to his character earlier in the play, he's now enraged to fight Tybalt he has a violent state of mind in which leaves Tybalt dead. Violence has yet again taken another life and turned the mood of the play from happiness to sorrow, grief and a little taste of tragedy, but yet more is to come! This scene is important because true feelings of the characters are revealed through the reality of the consequences of the killings. Once again after a scene of much violence again with a speech from the Prince, this scene is similar to the first violent scene. The Prince continues to warn, threaten and punish the two families, but still they carry on fighting, provoking and feeling hatred towards one another as a consequence of the prince not attempting to resolve the feud between the two houses. A death in each household could not even clear the grudge, or help them to realise the truth Mercutio came to see about the whole situation. ...read more.

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Though defeated by her father, Juliet does not revert to being a little girl. She recognises the limits of her power and comes to realisation that for a woman in Verona who cannot control the direction of her life, suicide, the ability to choose life or death for yourself, can represent the only authority over herself and seems like the better option. Conclusion It is a play of violence because of the street brawl that was the opening of the play in Act 1 Scene 1 and the scene in which Tybalt slaughters Mercutio and Romeo in vengeance and anger kills Tybalt. In fact the fiery and aggressive Tybalt caused much of violence in the play and violence shown from him led to two deaths. There is a further scene of violence and conflict which I did not cover; Act 5, Scene 3. This was the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet and undeniably the climax of the play of 'Romeo and Juliet', it is also my favourite scene from the play, as it displays two of the key themes of the play, both violence and tragedy. In conclusion I believe that although Romeo and Juliet is a play filled with violence and conflict which is an important theme, there are other themes to it such as tragedy, death and a society at war. However the strongest theme of all from 'Romeo and Juliet' is the theme of love. Kerry Teesdale 11V Christ the King High School ...read more.

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