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Conflict In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

1959 words - 8 pages

Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play about the love relationship between
the young Romeo and Juliet, who belong to 2 ancient family names that
hold a grudge against each other, the Montagues and the Capulets.
There are also many other conflicts which ultimately stop Romeo and
Juliet form being together. The story was written by the famous play
writer, William Shakespeare, and originated the poem, 'the Tragicalle
Historye' of Romeo and Juliet written in 1452. Throughout the play
conflict is a very important issue and was the main reason the
relationship ended in tragedy.

In Romeo and Juliet, conflict is the focal point of the play as most
of the story is based around this. The conflict in the play is
introduced through nature, social and personal levels of feud. The
first major conflict that is essential to the play, and is the
backbone of the whole story is the feud between the families, the
Montague?s and the Capulet?s is very important as it is introduced in
the prologue, ?From ancient grudge break to new mutiny? showing that
the conflict has existed for many generations and once again the feud
has arisen to boiling point. The next line, ?where civil blood makes
civil hands unclean?, gives us the impression that the conflict
between the Montagues also involves many other people, which helps to
show the extent of the conflict. This is reinforced by the fact that
even the servants of the families are quarrelling during the beginning
of the play, just before the big fight that involves the whole of
Verona. Shakespeare shows this by making the servant use insults that
were used at the time, ?Do you bite your thumb at me.? The feud is
mainly to do with the pride the family name holds, although no-one
really knows what the feud is originated from. However the pride each
family holds has turned into rivalry for control, power and fighting
for the family name. The feud also runs in the background through the
whole play and is branched off into other smaller feuds such as Romeo
and Tybalt and Juliet and her father. We can already see that the
conflict is already a major driving force of the play and helps to
fuel the tragedy.

The effect the feud has on the play is that we can already see that
the relationship between Romeo and Juliet would be fairly prohibiting
and would be seen in the eyes of Montague and Capulet as deceitful and
dishonourable. Already there is a major issue that will always prevent
Romeo and Juliet having a stable relationship and helps to leas to the
tragic and unfortunate deaths of the lovers. Another major effect it
has on the play is that it helps to create all the other feuds and
creates an unwelcome hostility between the two families. The idea of
the relationship ending in tragedy through this conflict is...

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