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Violence and Conflict in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'

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06.06.2003 - Violence and Conflict in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' - By Eddy Williams 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic play. It tells the story of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet as they try to declare their love for each other to the world and live in peace together. The Montague's and Capulet's are vicious enemies and both live in the small town of Verona, Italy. The play follows Romeo and Juliet through joy and pleasure but also anger and sadness through a four-day period. Although, ultimately, it is a play about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a mass brawl between the two families in the streets of Verona and ends with the two families coming together as friends to help each other greave over the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The violence in the play happens because of a long running rivalry between the two families, this leads to the tragic death of both Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will discuss why violence and conflict are two central parts of 'Rome and Juliet'. ...read more.


In this scene we see the deaths of Mercutio, Romeo's friend, and Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. They both die in a fight between themselves and Romeo. The beginning of the scene also shows how seriously families take the Prince, and his threat, ''I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The Day is hot, the Capels are abroad And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl.'' However Benvolio's warning is ignored by Mercutio and they both continue roaming the streets of Verona. It isn't long before they catch a glimpse of the Capels. The two parties exchange harsh words' before fighting inevitably breaks out. The scene once again emphasis how serious the rivalry between the two families is as Tybalt draws a sword during his fight and it is only Romeo who stops a public sword fight, however Romeo is helpless as Tybalt fatally stabbed Mercutio. Romeo holds Mercutio in his arms but there is nothing he can do as Mercutio realises he is going to die, ''Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.'' Tybalt, Mercutio's killer, re-enters and Romeo has no choice but to gain revenge over Tybalt for murdering his friend. ...read more.


Is she nor proud?'' After this he says if she does not marry Paris he will disown her and she will not be allowed to return to his house. Act 3, Scene is so important to play as it is the first time that Juliet openly disregards her fathers hopes and wishes for her future lover. In the 13th century Verona it was seen as proper, mainly in upper class society, that the father would organise his daughters marriage. This also was the mark of a good and successful father. The refusal sets up a conflict of society between Capulet and Juliet. Capulet realises that if the marriage does not go ahead as planned then he would be looked upon as a bad father and lose a lot of dignity and pride. The scene also proves to what lengths Juliet is willing to go to to stay with Romeo and even risks being thrown out of her own house as well as being disowned by her family. This is once again an example of violence and conflict in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. As you can see Violence plays a major part in the plot of 'Romeo and Juliet' and it also helps explain the hate between the two families as well as letting everyone know the law of Verona. ...read more.

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