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Violent Scenes in Romeo and Juliet

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'Romeo and Juliet,' written by William Shakespeare is a tragedy. This is because it has a melancholy theme and the end is even more so. The play is about two young lovers from feuding families who meet and fall for each other, but cannot declare their ardour for each other. They then decide to marry. Later that day Romeo is challenged to a fight by Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. Romeo refuses, not wanting to harm Tybalt as they are now related. Romeo's close friend Mercutio then steps in; a fight ensues resulting in Mercutio's death. A vengeful Romeo subsequently follows Tybalt and kills him. He flees and the Prince of Verona then banishes him. Romeo visits Juliet but has to leave before he is discovered. Juliet is then told that she must marry another man. She visits Friar Lawrence who consequently gives her a sleeping drug, which will make her appear to be dead. The following morning she is found 'dead' and is given a burial. ...read more.


An argument ensues, which then progresses into a fight. Benvolio, a Montague and a close friend of Romeo's, enters and attempts to stop the fighting. He is then challenged to fight of his own, after the arrival of Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. 'Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.' They fight joined by more people, citizens and members of both houses. The prince arrives, along with Lord and Lady Capulet, and Lord and Lady Montague. He is outraged and proclaims that 'If you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.' The prince's warning is important because he mentions that the warring families 'Have thrice disturb'd' the streets of Verona. This creates a more in-depth knowledge of the situation that the people are in; there have been previous cases of violence and conflict in the city. Act 3, Scene 1 begins with Benvolio and Mercutio in a public place. Benvolio, as per usual is in a cool, calm and collected mood, whereas Mercutio has his usual precarious, unpredictable and volatile disposition. ...read more.


The pair fight, subsequently Tybalt is killed; the death of Mercutio was avenged. Romeo, upon realizing what he has done, flees Verona. The prince then arrives, demanding an explanation. Benvolio informs the prince on the actions of the people involved, and endeavours to make Romeo's actions heroic. Montague, trying to save his son, pronounces 'his fault concludes but what the law should end, the life of Tybalt.' By this he means that Romeo just carried out the actions that would have resulted anyway; he executed Tybalt. The prince answers by stating that Romeo is exiled and 'when he's found, that hour is his last,' meaning that if Romeo is found he will be executed. The consequences of the violent actions play an important role in the play, because it now acts as a barrier between the lovers, making it impossible for their relationship to succeed. It is also important because it creates a feeling of suspense; it is going to take dire actions to end the conflict between the two families. ?? ?? ?? ?? Violent scenes in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' ...read more.

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