Violence in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Violence in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Violence in 'Romeo and Juliet', by Shakespeare shows how prejudice leads to escalating violence. Prejudice leads to violence between the feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets when a fight breaks out and death occurs. As we know, William Shakespeare wrote 'Romeo and Juliet' in 1595. In the 1590's, the Elizabethan times, there was a lot of violent feuds and duelling ruling the streets of London. This violence has and is growing very quickly, as there were only 5 famous duels in the 1580's followed by 20 famous duels in the 1590's. In 1595, Italy, the idea of young lovers dying tragically was instantly appealing to the audience. Today's society is far more violent than 20 - 30 years ago with domestic violence between families on the increase. The theme in 'Romeo and Juliet' is therefore even more relevant today and it remains a popular play. In this play of forbidden love, there were a number of violent scenes. These were in Act 1, Scene 1, Act 3, Scene 1 and Act 5, Scene 3. Violence in Act 1, Scene 1 Act 1, Scene 1 is the very first scene of the play so this introduces the story and the rivalry between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This violence is between two characters from the Capulets, Sampson and Gregory and two characters from the Montagues, Abram and Balthasar. The scene starts with Sampson and Gregory having a play on words to each other. For example when they communicate to each other with the words 'we'll not carry coals' (which means we'll not be insulted) and Gregory replies 'No, for then we should be colliers' (people who carry coal). Gregory and Sampson are having a humorous conversation here. They also mock and tease each other. Where Sampson says 'A dog of the house of the Montague moves me', Gregory says 'if thou art moved, thou runnest away, to the wall'. Meaning, the weakest or the 'weak vessels' go to the wall.
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