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William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play, which is based on tragic romance.

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SHAKESPEARE COURSEWORK William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play, which is based on tragic romance. The play is about two households (Montague and Capulet) who both despise each other; these two households have had a grudge from each other from age's ago and it still exists. Romeo from the Montague and Juliet from the Capulets both fall in love, but this love creates even more chaos for both families. This love creates many deaths including the lives of the pair of 'star-crossed lovers', but this brings the two families closer. Although it is a play about love, there are many scenes that certainly contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a fight and ends with the tragic death. In this essay I will discuss the historical background of Shakespeare, and the three violent scenes in 'Romeo and Juliet' (act1, scene1 and act3, scene1 and act3, scene5). 'Romeo and Juliet' was written by William Shakespeare and first performed in the globe theatre. It is set in the sixteenth century. Elizabeth I was ruling at the time. She loved the theatres. People in the sixteenth century were fond of any sort of entertainment. ...read more.

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Romeo turns to violence when mercutio dies, readers can see this when Romeo says, "Thy beauty hath made me effeminate, and in my temper soften'd valous steel." Romeo then goes to kill Tybalt and by killing Tybalt Romeo had a price to pay when the prince him to exile from Verona, "let Romeo hence in haste, else, when he is found, that hour is his last." These consequences are terrible, because it means that Romeo cannot see Juliet anymore. Shakespeare has tried to make Benvolio a peacekeeper, but the audience can see him as an inciter to violence. We see this information from what mercutio say's before he fights Tybalt, "thou art like one of these fellows, that when he enters the confines of a tavern, claps me his sword on the table, and says, god send me no need of thee: and by the operation of the second cup, draws him on the drawer, when indeed there is no need." This quote means that he is like one of those men, who goes home, sits down, puts his knife on the table, and hopes to god there is no need to use it, but being two faced he picks it up and uses it when not needed. ...read more.

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So he has now made the decision for her, if she doesn't come to church on Thursday then she cannot be a part of his family ever again Before he leaves he uses a wide range of violent language, "hang, beg, starve, die in the streets," here lord Capulet makes it look like he is just about to throw her out, but if she doesn't arrive then this quote simply means that she won't be part of his family and if she is starving, dying or even being hung on the streets, he wouldn't careless. In conclusion to this Shakespeare introduces violence and conflict in many ways. He introduces it by using different types of language. He uses puns- which are two words which sound the same but have two different meanings, repetition- using the same words more than twice, and oxymorons- words that are the opposites put next to each other, i.e. 'cold fire' - these types of language help the reader to imagine how it is to be in the characters position, like Romeo and his conflict. When he uses oxymorons it straight away makes the reader feel confused the way Romeo is feeling in the book. The language that Shakespeare uses makes the audience and the reader find the violence physical, emotional and verbal, the reason for this play being a tragic romance. ...read more.

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