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How Does Conflict Manifest Itself In Romeo And Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet is a classic romantic tragedy that portrays the conflict of love between young teenagers and rival houses. It was written by William Shakespeare and is considered one of the most popular plays he wrote during his lifetime. However although it one of his most popular plays, it is unknown what year the play is set or what year it was written. Throughout the play we follow the two main characters Romeo and Juliet. Romeo who is a Montague and Juliet who is a Capulet are members of two rival houses that find love in a hostile environment. This leads to a lot of conflict between the two households throughout the play and the language which Shakespeare uses enhances this conflict. ...view middle of the document...

Since an angel cannot also be the devil the phrase is an oxymoron. Shakespeare uses this oxymoron to display the two sides of Romeo and the conflict which Juliet has within herself. When using this oxymoron Shakespeare shows the two sides of Romeo, the romantic lover or the hated enemy, whilst at the same time displaying the conflict which Juliet has within herself. She has fallen for Romeo the romantic lover; however she has also witnessed and heard of Romeo Montague the hated enemy which murders her cousin. Juliet must decide if she should continue to stay with her lover Romeo and ignore his other side or if she should leave him as he is in fact a rival, a Montague and a killer. By using this oxymoron Shakespeare provides the reader with a brief view on what is going through Juliet’s mind and it is the first phase where Romeos two sides are mentioned during the play, this oxymoron furthermore enhances the conflict and story for the reader.
A second stylistic feature that Shakespeare uses throughout the play is Antithesis. An antithesis related to an oxymoron, but instead of two opposing words places net to eachother, an antithesis refers to the juxtaposition of opposing or contrasting ideas in a sentence. Shakespeare uses antithesis throughout the play to intensify and portray the conflicting thoughts and emotions within the play. A good example of this occurs in, Act 1 Scene 1, when Romeo is crying to Benvolio about Rosaline leaving him, Romeo shouts “Alas that love, whose view is muffled still, Should without eyes see pathways to his will!” Here Romeo refers to cupid, the god of love, for being blinded. However he also refers to cupid as having well enough sight to be able to aim his arrows of love regardless of his blindness. This creates an antithesis as they juxtapose blindness with the opposite of sight. Shakespeare uses this antithesis to express Romeos desire of not being able to feel love. Romeos unrequited love for Rosaline has brought him tremendous pain and with Romeo expressing never wanting to feel love again builds a lot of tension as we do not know what is going to happen to Romeo.
Another example of an antithesis occurs in Act 1 Scene 2 when Romeo shouts “Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,” when having a dialog with Benvolio. However this isn’t just an antithesis as “Brawling love” and “Loving hate” and also two oxymorons. The word “brawling”, which is defined as fighting, in the first clause opposes “loving” in the second clause. Also the word “love” in the first clause opposed the word “hate” this creates not only an antithesis but similarly creates two different oxymorons. The use of the stylistic feature in this line builds tension as it expresses the intense feelings of love and hate that are juxtaposed throughout the play eventually leading into a disaster.
Shakespeare uses the stylistic feature light versus dark imagery to enhance conflict. Light versus Dark imagery is when you compare two ideas or objects...

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