Romeo And Juliet: The War Within.

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Romeo and Juliet: The War WithinThe feud is one of the themes, in the play Romeo and Juliet. It is a very famous play written by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of two lovers who's families are feuding. In the following essay the feud between the Montagues, and the Capulets, will be discussed.The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, is first introduced in the prologue, "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" (Shakespeare 2). This point is basically to introduce the feud, and shows that it seems to be accentuated, that the feud is a very bad thing.The feud is evident right from the beginning of the play, in scene one, the following point is found. "Capulet. My sword, I say! Old Montague is come And flourishes his blade in spite of me. Enter Montague and his wife Montague. Thou villain Capulet!- Hold me not; let me go." (Shakespeare 6). This point was chosen to show you how much Capulet and Montague hate each other; this point is only about two pages into the book, and it is meant to emphasize that this feud has been going on from the start of the story, and also to emphasize the magnitude of the feud, in that even the old people in the family are fighting.Many bad things come from this feud. "From forth the fatal loins of these to foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; whose misadventured piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents strife." (Shakespeare 2). That quote emphasizes just how bad the feud is, and it tells the reader in advance that Romeo and Juliet will die, and that this is a result of the feud between their families.Although the fight is so big and widespread through the two families, the following opinion from a website, shows that there are many people who just think of the feud as a plus, and are not willing to die to keep it alive.Sampson, a Capulet servant, wants to take part in the feud, but only if it's not too dangerous. A would-be tough guy, Sampson boasts to Gregory of what he's going to do to the Montagues, saying, "when I have fought with the men, I will be civil with the maids, and cut off their heads". This is Sampson's idea of a joke. He thinks of himself as a bad dude who breaks all the rules, so the only way he'll be "civil" is by politely cutting of the heads of the women. However, moments later he shows he's not as wild as he thinks. He makes a gesture at a Montague servant, and the man asks if he's trying to be insulting." (Web 1).That quote is meant to say that Gregory, one of the men in the first scene and a member of the Capulet family, is a basically a coward, he is not willing to stand up for his masters, and although he would like to be recognized as the tough guy, he is not willing to put his life on the line for some stupid fight that his family is in.It's Tybalt who really takes...

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