Another example of catharsis is exemplified when the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, meet for the first time. As Juliet says, “My only love, sprung from my only hate!” (I, v, 137) the audience feels extreme pity due to the fact that they know that these two people, who love each other, cannot be together because they are enemies. Yet, the reader wants them to be together, but know that it is impossible because of the blistering hatred of these two families. Aristotle explains that “tragedy arouses the emotions of pity and fear in order to purge away their e... ... middle of paper ... ...does not follow through with her responsibilities. Lastly, Romeo is impetuous in many different senses throughout the play, such as his sense of love, pride, and actions.
The violence from the struggle between the two houses has the ability to take away their blossoming love from Romeo and Juliet, ultimately causing their demise. The feud itself is obstacles to their love, the old hate of their families threaten to wed them to different families and pull them apart (Holland). The feud acts as a rival lover to Romeo, competing for love from the fair Juliet, and delicately holds the balance between their life and death. The external conflict causes Romeo and Juliet to cast away their surname and their identity in order for their love to be feas... ... middle of paper ... ... it cures their parents’ old hate that is buried along with them as the feud concludes. Juliet’s wedding turns into a funeral and creates their “womb of death,” and they die of love (McKim).
Created in 1595, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is about two star-crossed lovers from opposing families who hold an ancient grudge. The theme is about love and hate throughout the play. Shakespeare built up the tension to Scene 5 from the start of Act 1 intelligently by, for example, building up the feud between the families. This build up of tension is essential to the context of the story and without this the play would not be as dramatically effective. Right from the very start, the feud between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s builds up impact and drama.
The young and pure lives of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ is brought to a despicable end through the violence around them, which eventually brings about reconciliation between the families. Violence and conflict are the main themes of the play. Violence is the act of physically trying to injure someone; it is shown throughout the play accompanied by conflict. Conflict is tension and disagreement over a subject of discussion that can occur frequently. Many opposites such as love and hate, life and death have been used repeatedly to emphasis the conflict, which is presented well by William Shakespeare on different levels and in many ways.
Juliet’s love for Romeo largely dictates her brash decisions and speech. If Romeo did not enter Juliet’s life, she would never have known the hurt and heartbreak she experiences throughout the tragedy. Ultimately, Romeo and Juliet become embodiments of impulsiveness. Through their rash words and actions in the tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”, Shakespeare sets forth that both are too hasty in their decisions, leading them into unfortunate events. As the plot unfolds, Romeo and Juliet’s futile love is torn apart by their family’s hate and animosity towards each other.
The tension between the title characters creates the love that draws them together at the same time as it drives them further apart, thus establishing yet another layer of antagonistic relationships within the play. The importance of these oppositional relationships is underlined most starkly in Act II.2. In particular Enobarbus’ speech describing Cleopatra’s beauty functions as one of the greatest statements of the play’s conflicting themes. This speech reflects the antagonistic nature of the play’s central relationships through the invocation of equivalent antagonistic relationships between the violent descriptors used to depict Cleopatra. Throughout the play, Shakespeare establishes a love-hate relationship between Antony and Cleopatra.
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 enemies. 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.
Romeo and Juliet, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, centers around the love story between Romeo, the young heir of the Montagues, and Juliet, the daughter of the house of Capulet. This story starts off with two opposing families of royalty, the Montagues and the Capulets. These families have a deep seeded hatred for one another that traces way back into their family’s history. Shakespeare takes his audience though a heart churning tale of two star crossed lovers. From the start Romeo and Juliet’s love seemed to be an uphill battle that they would never win even with help.
Violence and Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic play, which is about love, romance, relationships, families and violence. Although it is manly about love, there are many scenes that contain violence and conflict. The play opens with a fight and ends with a reconciliation. The violence in the play happens because of an antiquated disagreement between two families, which leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will discuss the theme of violence and conflict in the scenes Act 1 scene 1, Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 5.
The whole basis of the play is the great love between Romeo and Juliet which is set against the background of the great hatred between the montagues and the capulets. An example of love versus hate occurs through Romeo and Juliet and the hate between their families. The love that Romeo and Juliet share completely opposes the deep roots of anger and hate between their parents. The quote from the chorus ( at the beginning of the play ) best states this. " Two houses, both alike in dignity â€¦ From ancient grudge break to new mutinyâ€¦A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life: Whose misadventured piteous overthrows, Doth with their death bury their parents strife " "Romeo & Juliet" is a play of great love, but there is also great fighting and quarrelling in the play.