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Violent scenes in "Romeo and Juliet" "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic play, which is about a feud between two families of Verona, causing the deaths of two young lovers. This is apparent in the haunting opening passage of the play - "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" Although it is a play about love there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a feud between the Capulets and Montagues and ends with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The violence in the play happens because of a long standing feud between two families, which leads to the couple's tragic deaths. In this essay I will discuss the violence and conflict in the play, Romeo and Juliet. "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare and was first preformed in 1594. It is set in the 16th century. People in the 16th century were fond of any sort of entertainment, they particularly liked watching plays. ...read more.


Once the Prince leaves the mood of the scene changes. The scene begins with war and we then hear about the love. Benvolio tells Lady Montague about Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline. We then see the extent of Romeo's love sickness, he is miserable and happy at the same time. The phrase "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health" is Romeo's way of expressing his mixed emotions. Benvolio then offers him sympathy and Romeo talks about his feelings for Rosaline. Benvolio's advice was to "examine other beauties". In Act 3, Scene 1, Mercutio and Benvolio are in a public place, when their enemy Tybalt arrives and Mercutio deliberately provokes him. Tybalt however is looking to fight Romeo and begins to insult him, with words such as "Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain". The word villain also means scoundrel, peasant and is a very serious insult, but Romeo knows that it would be wrong to fight with Tybalt as he is now married to Juliet and has become part of the family. Mercutio, however is eager to fight. ...read more.


He says that unless Juliet obeys him he will never see her again. He shouts abuse and insults at her. This is an emotionally violent scene. The nurse suggests that she should marry Paris because Romeo is unlikely to return. Juliet is appalled at this, so she decides the only person she can turn to for help is Friar Lawrence. She feels totally isolated by the harshness of her mother's words, her father's violent threats and her nurse's apparent betrayal. If I had to direct Act 3, scene 5, I would use a modern setting. The stage would look like a modern flat with modern furniture. The audience would be able to see the high-rise building through the window. Lord Capulet would not hit Juliet, but he would shout loudly at her. Juliet would stand up to him. I would do this to show how strong she is in this scene. I think Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play. Although it is focused on the romance between Romeo and Juliet, there is still a lot of violence throughout the play mainly involving the Capulets and Montagues, and finally the deaths of the two lovers. ...read more.

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