Shakespeare's Use of Violence in Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare's Use of Violence in Romeo and Juliet Without violence in a love story the story would be less appealing to an audience. Shakespeare uses violent, bloody, angry scenes in-between lovely, happy romantic scenes, so that the audience will find the story much more absorbing. The violence in the play also propels the story forward. Shakespeare sets his story during the Elizabethan times. A time when it was acceptable for men to carry swords. Also rich families had their own private armies! In the 16th Century, there were duels. Duels were when two people armed with weapons would fight, until one person gets killed. In those days if you said no to a duel, you would be known as a wimp. You wouldn’t be man enough and lose your honour. So in the Elizabethan days where Shakespeare grew up, violence was normal. Even the Victorian people, they would stand and cheer for the men when they fight. Also when someone was being executed, the local people would gather to watch. Shakespeare sets his story at fair Verona, which had two households the Montague’s and the Caplet’s with their own private armies. They had both been enemies for such a long time that they couldn’t even remember why they hated each other. The prologue tells us about this, it also tells us what the story is about and what will happen. That there will be two people Romeo from the Montague’s and Juliet from the Capulet’s. They will both fall in love, but will cause trouble and they will die. “ A pair of star crossed lovers take their life’s”. So this sets the audience expectations of the story that their would be violent dramatic, sad scenes as well as plea... ... middle of paper ... ...ot the answer as it will lead to a sad ending. Violence has made the audience watch the whole play, as we kept wanting to know what will happen next. The use of language created the suspense and sense of danger, stage directions, setting and entering of characters has drawn the play through. There was great engagement, tension and violence in certain scenes, from the next tragedy, leading to the end! And mostly each scene was important as it set the next scene. The violence has excited us, made us love and hate particular characters, Tybalt. Shakespeare has used violence well in a love story. I thought Shakespeare was very clever the way he made violence important. Without the violence in the play, the play wouldn’t be exciting, tension would not be built and the audience will find the play boring especially men.
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