Shakespeare's Use of Violence and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet in Act 3 Scene 1
For this essay I will be analyzing in depth Act 3 scene 1, examining
Shakespeare’s use of language and character. This essay will explore
the tragic play of Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet focuses on how “two households, both alike in
dignity” where “a pair of star crossed lovers” pursue their love for
each other despite the fact that their families have been at odds with
each other for decades.
Despite being a play about love and romance, the play also has scenes
of violence and conflict.
In Act 1 scene 1 we are introduced to a series of characters these
being Tybalt Capulet, Sampson and Gregory who are servants of the
Capulet’s, Benvolio Montague, and the Montague’s servants Abram and
When we are presented with the two families, already without
speaking, we are shown tension and an extremely bad atmosphere between
the two families. This shows conflict and hatred before the play has
even properly begun.
The Montague and Capulet family demonstrate hatred and violence as
soon as they are introduced to the audience. The families seem to be
in competition with each other. When the characters first approach
each other the Capulet’s begin to quarrel with the Montague’s before
we even begin to understand the characters.
The first scene is very prompt in the way that it is put across to the
audience. As soon as the characters begin to speak we can already feel
and understand the hatred between the characters and the families.
In this essay I will discuss how Shakespeare creates atmosphere,
conflict, dramatic effect, violence and suspense between the
characters focusing on Act 3 scene 1.
William Shakespeare was roughly around the age of 26 when he wrote
this phenomenal yet tragic play. He wrote this play during the period
when Shakespeare had found his strength in writing. “Romeo and Juliet”
was set in the late 1500’s and was written around 1595.
“Romeo and Juliet” would have been a popular play because, the play
deals with a variety of themes for example, when we first start to
read the play my first impressions were hatred, but as the play began
to develop we started to see love. The best twist I think for the play
is the way that the two households had so much hatred between each
other but yet two people from the families fell in love with each
other and the saddest thing is that their love wasn’t accepted and the
worst consequences came about from it, for example in Act 3 Scene 1
when Mercuito and Tybalt are both killed one of them each belonging to
either the Montague family or the Capulet family. Due to the hatred
between the families two people were killed this catches peoples
attention as it isn’t stereotypical, its different, and maintains