How Is The Theme Of Conflict Presented In 'Romeo & Juliet'?

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Gemma Keenoy        ‘Romeo & Juliet’        Mrs Taylor

How Is The Theme Of Conflict Presented In ‘Romeo & Juliet’?

The play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is based on a whole variety of conflicts. Throughout the play we meet many types of conflicts and many examples of them, for example, inner conflict, emotional conflict, verbal conflict and physical conflict. Shakespeare explores these in the emotions and feelings of many characters. These come out throughout the whole play especially between the Montagues and the Capulets as the play is built up to their family tragedy to come.

The play’s look on conflict is one aspect of the play that builds up the whole drama of it, although it has many aspects to it, which are all as vital as one another. As we meet each conflict Shakespeare uses more and more descriptive language, which adds to the overall effect of the play and the conflicts in it. Inner conflict is one of the most frequently occurring conflicts and one that we meet an awful lot, which is experienced by a number of the characters in this play. The first time that we come across this type of conflict in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is Act 1 scene 3, when we discover that Juliet does not want to marry Paris. Juliets speech shows her emotions and feelings, and Shakespeares use of language comes across well in this scene. ‘ I’ll look to like, if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.’ (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 97-99).

Juliets inner conflict comes across well here, as it shows her true feelings effectively. Her conflict shows as she says that she will look, but if she does not like him than she will not marry him. This, I feel, is Juliets way of saying that she is not keen on the idea inside, but she will agree to it for the mean time to keep the peace between herself, her mother and her fathers, making this an effective piece of speech and language used by Shakespeare.  

We move on to next inner conflict of the play, when we meet Romeo for the second time. In this scene Romeo is facing the inner conflict or going to the Capulet ball and maybe arguing with Tybalt or some of the Capulet’s or not going and missing out on a good party and a chance to play a trick on the Capulet’s or get one over on them. Romeo’s dilemma, although it may not be as big a problem at this moment in time as Juliets, is also portrayed in a very suitable way for the play, and so that the audience can understand. ‘ What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse? Or shall we on without apology?’ (Act 1 Scene 4 Lines 1-2). Romeo’s conflict comes across in an understandable manner, and is in keeping with the conflicts that Shakespeare has included in this play as well as it also being in keeping with his effective language.

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 Although the conflicts are obviously very well spread throughout each family and each of the characters, Shakespeare concentrates us on certain characters right the way through the play more than others. Two of these characters are Romeo and Tybalt, who have an ongoing conflict throughout the play, that is stronger at times that the conflict between the whole of the two families. At times this can be verbal conflict and at other times public conflict, but most of the time it is physical, this is most certainly the most important conflict between these characters. In Act 3 Scene 1, ...

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