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Violence and conflict are central to 'Romeo and Juliet'. Discuss this theme with reference to at least two 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 two scenes in the play Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare. This play is about 'star crossed lovers' who are from two different warring families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo, the leading male of the play is of the Montague family and his destined lover Juliet is of the Capulets. In this essay I am discussing the violence and conflict in four of the scenes, Act 1 scene1, act 3 scene 1, act 3 scene 5 and act 5 scenes 3. 'Romeo and Juliet' is probably the most famous play written by Shakespeare. Even though it was written around five hundred years ago it is still popular now. The play was first played in Elizabethan times. Elizabeth the first was on the throne and she was a great fan of Shakespeare's plays probably because of their unique language and modern themes. ...read more.

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This line is important for a later scene when there is another violent scene involving Romeo. In Act 3, scene 1 Mercutio is killed. This scene begins with Benvolio and Mercutio arguing. Benvolio is playing the peacekeeper again "I pray good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, and if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl". Mercutio replies to this by vexing Benvolio up with a barrage of made up situations, for example: "thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more, or a hair less, in his beard than thou", "thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes". After Tybalt, Petruchio ad others enter the public place Benvolio says, "By my head, here come the Capulets." This is were we find out that Mercutio is not scared of the Capulets because he says "By my heal I care not", and "couple it with something, make it a word and a blow". ...read more.

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I don't think that this is a harsh punishment because at the beginning he says, "if you ever disturb our streets again, your lives will shall pay the forfeit of the peace." In this scene I would have Romeo killing Tybalt in a fit of rage, whith dramatic music and it will be at night and the Prince will come through the audience speaking so it seems that he is addressing the whole of Verona. My favorite scene in the play is act 3 scene 1. This is my favorite scene because it has a broken friendship that causes us to see Romeo's violent side that has not yet been exposed in the play. This scene also lets the play move on and is a surprise coming after the scene were Romeo and Juliet are married. I think that this play has a mixture of both violence and love but more violence, but I could think this because the violence in the play is more emphasized even though love and destiny are the main themes. By Ian Bennett 10k3 ...read more.

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