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Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet." Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in this play.

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Leila Henwood Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet." Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in this play. "Romeo and Juliet" is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is a play about love and hate, the two most powerful feelings any one can have. These two feelings are contrasted together and shown very clearly in the acts. It is about two young adults who meet at a party and it is love at first sight. But there love is destined to fail, as their two families, the Capulets and the Montague's battle it out for their pride and honour between one another. This of course means that they are forbidden to have any relationship of any sort. So in the end they have to conceal there love until they can make the peace. So with the power of love trying to overcome hate, this only ends tragically in the death of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet. Only then do we get the peace between the two the feuding families. The opening of the play starts with one of many violent and aggressive scenes, the fighting between Capulet servants and Montague servants. And the play sadly ends with a upsetting and some would say violent scene of the deaths of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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Mercutio being like he is makes a joke about it, "ask for me tomorrow and I will be a grave man." This is very ironic because if you do ask for him tomorrow you will find him in a grave, in the ground. This produces an image of death and also violence but it has been blended in well enough for it to be mistakenly missed. Mercutio is trying desperately to show he is not injured badly, "a scratch." Unfortunately he does not succeed very well, "they have made worms meat out of me," secretly admitting that he is doomed and that he is going to die and it is also the complete truth, Tybalt has made worms meat out of him, because soon he will be in the ground. This scene being very violent in the sword fighting that takes place, results in another violent death-the death of Tybalt, by the actions of a vengeful Romeo. Some more sword fighting takes place and it does so because it I is important at that time to make sure that you stand for every thing that you are. For example honour and pride and the only way to show this is to sword fight. Romeo is so full of vengeance he is very violent towards Tybalt. ...read more.

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When she suddenly stops and she realises that her true love has gone without thinking about it she will pick up the dagger that Romeo has with him and stab herself. This will be done quickly so that as the audience are feeling sorry and pity for the two star crossed lovers, it will be a sudden shock and surprise to see Juliet do this. There will be extra, light background music of a love theme, to add that extra effect. I do think that this is a violent play because there are so many scenes that contain dangerous sword fighting, that can obviously go wrong as shown in act3 scene1. But I also think that this play is a play about love and it is always there in the background unlike violence. When the violence is there though I can happily say that it can and it does get very aggressive. When I read and watch this play, I will always remember in the long term the love of this story because it really is a powerful play that really sticks in your head. I can quite happily say that my favourite scene is the end scene of Romeo and Juliet's death because it was so powerful, romantic, and violent all rolled in to one. I really do think that this was the best scene especially in the modern film version because it had every thing I was looking for. ...read more.

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