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Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Conflict meaning 'a state of opposition or a fight or struggle' is

used in all good dramas, old and new. It makes the drama interesting.

Conflict is mostly used by dramatists and script writers to make

audiences interested in the drama, tense and wonder what will happen

next. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' has to have a conflict because; it

is one of the main themes in the play. The disagreements and fight

between the two family, that is Capulet and he Montague, their

children Romeo and Juliet who truly were in love with each other end

up dying. So, after this incident, the quarrels stop between the two

families. The whole play starts because of the mutual hostility and

conflict between the Capulet and the Montague and ends with tragedy of

two lovers. The abundant swordplay throughout the play affects the

theme of conflict used in ?Romeo and Juliet?. In this play, there are

spontaneous actions of the characters rather than their thoughts.

There are many types of conflicts to be appeared in this play such as

family conflicts society conflicts and generation conflicts. When lady

Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris but Juliet wants to marry Romeo,

appears to be a conflict between them. There is also conflict in the

two families and their general relationship with their children.

A prologue is the beginning of a play, books or film that introduces.

It gives a warning or indication of the events of the play. The idea

of conflict occurs in the prologue where it talks about the two houses

of Verona have had a long- standing grudge which will lead to a new

conflict, love and death of the lovers. It tells us about how

violently the two families fight with each other and ends up doing. It

also mentions that the next two hours of the play will be full of

conflicts. Many different kinds of language are used in the prologue.

Some words that are used in the prologue to express the idea of

conflict are ?fight? ?unfortunate death?, ?star-cross lovers? ?fated

love? etc. the words that are used in the play makes the audiences

feel as if they are also part of the play and feel involved in it.

Words like ?star crossed lovers? and ?fated love? are used and the

audience know what is going to happen. They feel really tensed to what

will happen next to the ancient grudge when two unlucky childre...

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...ne 5, the conflict that occurs is mainly within the family

where it consists of a parent-child conflict. It is different from

act1 scene 1 because the conflict used there were to do with the two

different families where in this act, the conflict is to do within the

two houses and is private. There is a different kind of violence used

in this act where there is no blood or swords. Instead words are used.

In this scene, lady Capulet tells Juliet of her meaning with Paris,

Juliet?s replies to her mother are filled with double meaning. For

example she says.? Madam, I am not well.? By this, lady Capulet

believes that this is because of grieving over her cousin, Tybalt.

However in Juliet?s sense, she is trying to say that she just parted

from her husband and her heart is full of sorrow. So there are double

meanings in what Juliet says.

So when Juliet hears of her weeding with Paris, she defies her mother

and refuses to co-operate. So lady Capulet is furious and threatens

her own daughter that if she doesn?t marry Paris then she has to leave

the house. Not even her nurse is on her side. She feels shattered but

continues to speak when her father, Lord Capulet arrives.
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