By a close examination of three scenes, show how Shakespeare presents the theme of conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet'

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By a close examination of three scenes, show how Shakespeare presents the theme of conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet'

The play 'Romeo And Juliet' was written in 1562. The play is about two people, Romeo and Juliet, who fall in love. The play comes to a dramatic climax when the two lovers are forced into the solution of taking their own lives.

Romeo and Juliet are from different families, the Montague, and The Capulet family. From the start of the play the two families are in close feud. Romeo and Juliet decide to go against their families beliefs and get married. The feud between the two families is sure to come to a violent end as stated by the friar when he says " These Violent delights have violent ends" this has its roots in the feuding environment.

The play opens on the streets of Verona in a hot-bed of highly charged feelings. The two families are locked in conflict with neither side backing down. The servants of the two families are in conflict. The two servants start to display insulting behaviour towards each other. Sampson one of the Capulet servants insults the montages by saying " I will push montages men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall." this statement angers the Montague's and they retaliate with bold vicious statement of their own. The feud continues. Sampson later says to the Montague servants Abram and Gregory "I will bite my thumb at them" referring to the Capulet family. The feud in continued because both families seem to enjoy the argument. Capulet states "give me your long sword" to which Tybalt replies "What, drawn and talk of peace! I hate the word, as I hate hell, all montages , and thee" Tybalt states that he hates the word as much as he hates hell and all the Montague family.
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Shakespeare uses violent and brutal language in this scene to give the scene more of an impact. The servants use vulgar puns to make each side more offended and angry. Shakespeare is trying to create and image of strong power on each side as shown when animal references are used. E.g. when Gregory says "tis well thou art not fish". Shakespeare in trying to show each side as quick-witted families. However their feud is so strong that they are forced to fight in the streets.

Mercutio is Romeos best friend. He is hot headed and has times ...

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