Violence and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Violence and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tragedy about “a pair of star cross’d lovers”, blinded by their love for one another; it is a classic story of forbidden love, with scenes of high drama, killing and a tragic ending. The play both opens and ends with violent scenes, caused by the on going ‘grudge’ between the two families. The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets reigns supreme, and rules seemingly over love, over justice, in an almost unfair manner, as ‘civil blood makes civil hands unclean’. The image of violence being so unfair exists prominently in the deaths of the central characters of the cast. 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. The themes of love and hate are used effectively, by applying different language, and the emotions expressed by the use of soliloquies. A great deal of violence and tension is built up from the start, but contrasted with the right amount of romance, producing an even balance. Shakespeare's use of contrast is well established in his opening prose, wher... ... middle of paper ... ...gery to make the conflict into a major part of the play, which turns it from being a romance, into a tragedy and leads to the inevitable result of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Romance is found at the heart as well due to “Romeo and Juliet’s” love for each other; breaking all traditions and discreetly having a hidden relationship behind their families’ backs. Both topics go perfectly together creating an exciting and entreating play. The audiences’ attention is attracted as using two families being rebellious against each other provide a good base for two lovers to be getting entangled between. The play also reflects Elizabethan society but this does not reduce its appeal because it is to some extent still occurring in some cultures around the world today. This gives this play an eternal appeal that will not die out.
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