Violence And Conflict In Romeo And Juliet

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Violence 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 the back of the
book, it gives us an idea of what is going to happen in the story.
However it does tell us the ending of the story ‘ Two start crossed
lovers take their lives’. Romeo and Juliet marry in secrecy this
leading to their death. The prologue also hints to the audience on
what to expect during the play, this being violence, conflict and
love. In this essay I will discuss the violent key scenes and ways in
which Shakespeare creates dramatic irony in the play. This makes the
audience question their own individual life.

Act 1 Scene 1 is so important in the novel as it introduces all the
violence conflict and love; it opens the play with a feeling that
lasts throughout. It shows us how sever the feuding is, so bad even
the servants are involved. ‘ A dog of the house of Montague moves me.’
The city of Verona is fed up of all the fighting and arguing. With two
households so high up in Society it is very childish for them to act
like this, you would expect better from them.

It is evident from the start of the novel Benvolio is one of the
peacekeepers. ‘ 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...

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