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Violence and Conflict are central to the play "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss, this theme with at least three scenes in the play.

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Introduction

Violence and Conflict are central to the play "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss, this theme with at least three scenes in the play. William Shakespeare wrote "Romeo and Juliet" in 1594 a story about a feud between two respected families the Montagues and Capulets. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love with a bittersweet ending. The play caused major controversy by the Puritans who were strict Christians who attempted to stop the play from showing with banners and shouting at people outside the Globe Theatre. They thought the play was blasphemous, that it had too much sex and violence in it, which went against their teachings. However, this didn't work as people did enjoy his plays and went to see them. This can be seen through the surge in theatre and play production during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. "Romeo and Juliet" was inspired by a family feud where he lived in Wiltshire between the Danvers and the Long family. It is thought that Shakespeare was in love at the time the play was written to a dark musical lady. ...read more.

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Just after the fight Lord Montague is talking to Benvolio and adds nice little cheery words like "sun", "clouds" "daylight" which suggests happiness, which contradicts with the fight that has just happened. Act 1 Scene 5 is the scene where Romeo and Juliet meet at the party in Capulet's house and where they find out who both of them truly are. A key theme is used in this scene, which is love. When Romeo and Juliet first meet they both declare that it is love at first sight. The poetic language in the balcony scene helps to create a romantic atmosphere and convince the audience that it is true love in Act 2 Scene 2. In Act 3 Scene 1 Tybalt's looking for a fight with Romeo, who refuses to fight as he is Juliet's cousin, so Mercrutio fight Tybalt and is killed. Fuelled by anger and wanting revenge Romeo kills Tybalt and the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona. In this scene violence and hate is very central as deaths has happened because if it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet is crying for Romeo and not Tybalt, which her mother thinks. In this scene Act 5 Scene 3, everything has gone wrong. Romeo kills Paris, then himself as he wants to be with Juliet as he thinks she is dead, but then she wakes up. She then kills herself too. Then the Montagues and Capulets turn up and bury their "ancient grudge". This is the final act of love we see in the play. Its frustrating to think that the "star crossed lovers" were moments apart from realising that they could have been together and not of died. They went against fate and became a couple however the consequences. This shows how tough their love was for each other. The tomb where the dying scenes happened was a beautiful, sanctiful, religious place that contrasted with the deaths and sorrow. What would the play be without violence? Violence is central to characters, language and themes; it is everywhere and you cant get away from it. It backs up the themes and empowers them to make them stronger. Religion, characters and Mr Capulet without violence and conflict these things wouldn't have been strong and overpowering throughout the play, therefore drives the play on. ...read more.

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