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

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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 families, the Capulets and the Montagues, who have for decades been fighting. However Romeo, a Montague and Juliet a Capulet fall in love and get married in secret. Also Juliet's dad wants her to marry Paris, so Juliet puts herself to sleep with a potion to fake her death. Romeo seeing this kills himself, and when Juliet wakes up, seeing Romeo kills herself. This ends the feud between the two families. Although it is a play about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a violent brawl and ends with violent suicides, because of the two families "ancient grudge". In this essay I will discuss three violent scenes and how it can be described as a violent play. "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare. It was first performed and was set at the end of 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 form of entertainment. ...read more.

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Then Mercutio taunts Tybalt, but he does not take any notice as he is looking for Romeo "Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo" . However Romeo refuses the challenge to fight Tybalt, and tries to calm him down, much to Mercutio's disgust "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission". After Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt, an angry Mercutio challenges Tybalt to fight. Romeo then tries to break the fight up by parting them, but Tybalt thrusts his sword under Romeo's arm and wounds Mercutio. Mercutio wounded on the floor starts cursing Montague and Capulet "plague a'both houses". Next Romeo starts blaming himself for Mercutio's wound, and is angry about Tybalt insults. Also fearing that his love for Juliet has weakened his courage "softened valour's steel". Now hearing from Benvolio that Mercutio is dead he vows to kill Tybalt "others must end", does so and then flees. Lady Capulet says that Romeo must die, and Benvolio tells the prince the story of how Mercutio and Tybalt died "Romeo'o hand did slay". Lady Capulet then accuses Benvolio of lying, and demands again that Romeo be put to death. But Prince Escales orders that, for killing Tybalt, Romeo will be banished from Verona "we do exile him hence". This scene is important because the consequence of the murder Romeo is banished from Verona, and which prevents him from seeing Juliet again as she will not be allowed to go out there to see him. ...read more.

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But a lot of extremely nasty verbal insults are said which hurt Juliet inside, and is as painful as physical punishment. If I had to direct Act 3 Scene 5, I would use a traditional setting. The stage would be a big, space full, luxurious room to show their class. Also all dressed in smart clothes. Lord Capulet would not hit Juliet but shout very loudly and raise his arm to show he is thinking of hitting her. When Juliet argues back "what i hate", she would stand up to show that she is not afraid of her dad and how she is very strong. In conclusion I think that it is a violent play, as the end result is caused by the continuous fighting, a lot of which is caused by them urging each other on and very unnecessarily, with the final scene also being violent when they commit suicide. The parts which stick out most in my mind are that of the suicides at the end which are very tragic. Also Act 3 Scene 1 which is very violent and really shows the hate between them, so remembered parts of love and parts of hatred. But my favorite scene was Act 3 Scene 5 because Juliet stuck up for her love Romeo when her father was being very threatening towards her. I thought this was very dramatic and showed the love that they had for each other. Adrian Waller 10P ...read more.

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