Show MoreViolence and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is a tragic play about two feuding families who are both described as ‘ both alike in dignity’. This meaning the two families who are both noble in society and are wealthy households. They should both really know better than to carry on in this child like manner. The two families are known as Capulet and Montague. Juliet is the beautiful daughter of the Capulets who everyone loves, then there’s Romeo, young handsome and loveable who cares about everyone. The play is set in the city of Verona, the opening scene opens with a prologue, in a modern day story the prologue would like be the blurb on…show more content…
‘ I do but keep the peace.’ Even though he tries his hardest to do this, other characters ignore him and continue to create further violence and conflict. He never gets involved in the fighting the only thing he ever does is to try and split it up. However he doesn’t always take Romeos side, he seems to review both sides of the story. But to no surprise there are still deaths in the play. This encourages the audience to ask what Benvolio could do differently? Maybe Benvolio thinks he is doing the right thing by trying to keep the peace but he is obviously wrong, maybe Shakespeare included him as the peacekeeper for a reason, maybe so the deaths would happen. We don’t know this.
On the other hand Tybalt is the total opposite to Benvolio, he is an extremely violent person and is always up for fighting, he never seems to sit down and talk about it, and his only answer is to fight. ‘What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word. As I hate hell, all Montagues and thee. Have at thee, coward!’ He always seems to make little sly comments and makes himself look like the big I am! I think Shakespeare has included this character purposely so we have two totally different characters to look at. These two characters being Benvolio and Tybalt.
The feuding families exasperate the whole city of Verona. This is shown when the officer gives the families a warning. ‘ Down
The Theme Of Conflict In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet
The Theme of Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
In ‘Romeo and Juliet’ there is a big emphasis on conflict between the
two families (the Montagues and the Capulets). Dramatists and
scriptwriters have conflict in their dramas to create a tense setting
with harsh and unpleasant words exchanged and threats between the two
The conflict in Romeo and Juliet is supposed to be an ‘ancient grudge’
between the two families. Romeo and Juliet are from different families
from one another but they still fall in love. The problem is that if
any person from the opposite family were to go near each other, a
fight is bound to occur.
I will explore the theme of conflict in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by telling
you about some of the people in the play who definitely try to stir
things up and cause trouble. I will also explore the theme of conflict
in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by focusing particularly on Act 3 Scene 1.
The prologue shows us that love and hate can’t exist at the same time.
The prologue shows it by writing it as a sonnet or some sort of song.
Two families, the Capulets and Montagues, are hostile to each other
but their children, Romeo and Juliet, fall in love. They try to escape
from the conflict by death, and their death helps to mend the ancient
quarrel between both families. As the feud kills the lovers, their
love ends the feud too, so both families have the power to destroy
each other. Their love makes the two families value the importance of
loving each other’s neighbours. The families decide to reconcile for
the good. It could be seen to praise the power of love because it ends
the quarrel and establishes a friendly relationship between the two
This prologue establishes the fate of ‘Romeo and Juliet’
‘A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love’
Prologue line 6-9
The line ‘And the continuance of their parent’s rage’ (from the
prologue) tells us about the on-going feud between the families also.
The purpose of the prologue is to tell a brief overview of what is
about happen in the play. This tactic is used to create a bit of
tension when a character does something and the audience will know
what evil is about to concur.
In the line ‘A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life’,
Shakespeare informs his audience that the death of these young lovers
was just misfortune. But Shakespeare complicates the message by adding
‘Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/Do with their death bury their
parents strife’, suggesting that the fate of Romeo and Juliet is due
also to certain misadventurous acts of these two piteous characters.
Despite the fact that they will die, the lovers try to take...
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