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Violence and Conflict is a central to

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Violence and Conflict is a 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 a feud between two families, Capulet's and Montague. Although it is about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a fight and ends with death. The violence in the play happens because of an ancient grudge between two families, which leads to the emotional and innocent deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will discuss the themes of violence and conflict, and refer to at least three scenes in the play. "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare and first performed in 1590. It is set in the 16th century. When Shakespeare wrote this astonishing play, Elizabeth I ruled England. She loved the theatre. People in the 16th century were fond of any sort of entertainment. They liked watching tragedies with lots of action, such as violence and fierce sword fights. It was extremely important for Shakespeare to make his play as exciting as possible, because the audience needed entertaining. An audience in the 16th century would have liked "Romeo and Juliet" because it is a quick story line to get into, and attracts the attention fast, of the young lovers who are doomed from the start. The first scene: Act 1, scene 1, opens with a fight in a public place in Verona between servants from the Montague and Capulet households. This starts by Sampson and Gregory, servants of the house of Capulet, going out looking for trouble. They later find that they are in luck, as they see Abraham and Balthasar, servants of the house of Montague. Sampson then says to Gregory, "Quarrel, I will back thee" what he is saying is that he will back Gregory "up"; in over words he wants Gregory to go first. ...read more.

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Then having stabbed Mercutio, Tybalt and his men hurry away. Mercutio dies, cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets: "A plague o' both your houses", and still goes on his wicked curse: "A for me tomorrow, and / you shall find me a grave man". When Romeo sees that his friend lays there dieing with pouring blood, his mood obviously changes. His whole facial expression just shows how much anger, frustration and disappointment is across his face. This is shown when he says "Either thou or I, or both must go with him". Romeo is ashamed of himself for letting Mercutio do the fighting for him, and because of this he will get revenge on Tybalt to avenge Mercutio. Later that day Tybalt returns, Romeo then reacts by drawing his sword and begins to fight. During the fight, Romeo manages to quickly overcome Tybalts technique. As soon as this happens Tybalt falls, and Romeo finishes him off. Romeo then quickly darts from the scene. Soon after this event, citizens begin to appear, looking for the murderer of Mercutio. Once again the Prince has to deal with the Capulets and Montague. As a result of the death's of Mercutio and Tybalt, the Prince has no choice but to punish Romeo, he says "And for that offence/immediately we do exile him hence". In others words, Romeo is band from Verona. These consequences are terrible for Romeo because it means that he will not be able to see Juliet or his family in Verona. This scene is important because it involves two main characters Mercutio and Tybalt, who end up both being brutally murdered. Following after this event, the harsh punishment Romeo is faced with, by the Prince. Because of these consequences in this scene, overall it comes down to one person, which is Romeo to suffer the worst outcome of them all. His punishment is that he is band from the whole of Verona, this is because of the outcomes of the death's of Mercutio and ...read more.

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Paris, so that the audience could concentrate on Romeo getting to the monument of the Capulets so that he could see Juliet, however I known this wouldn't help avoid Romeo's death because Juliet would be still in her deep sleep, even though I would show Juliet's emotions by having her scream at the top of her voice when she awakes to find Romeo next to her dead. The audience would think she was going mad with grief. Secondly the stage would be a dark and dusty tomb with dead bodies surrounding. This would give it a spooky and gloomy atmosphere. Finally I would leave out the part were Friar Laurence has the chance to persuade Juliet to come with him, so that Juliet just awakes finds Romeo dead and kills herself. This is so she dies with Romeo and isn't given the opportunity of speaking to Friar. I think that scene is pointless due to the fact, it is obvious to me that she would not leave Romeo behind. The play starts and ends with violent scenes. The reason for this is because of the ancient grudge creating friction between the two families Capulet's and Montague's. The consequences were death. Therefore I think this play is extremely violent. Furthermore, by reading and watching the play, I remember bit of hatred and love. I focused more on love reading it than hatred, because of the meaningful sentences said between the two lovers Romeo and Juliet. However, watching the play being acted out especially the fights, made me look at the play in the completely different concept, and automatically saw the hatred throughout the film. Finally my favourite scene was act 5, scene 3, because this is the ending the play were the two lovers Romeo and Juliet are finally together and rest in peace. Overall I thought the play contained a lot of violence however reading and watching I saw the love story behind it, therefore the play is a bit both hatred and love. ...read more.

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