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The Theme Of Conflict In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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The Theme Of Conflict In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is based on a whole variety of conflicts.
Throughout the play we meet many types of conflicts and many examples
of them, for example, inner conflict, emotional conflict, verbal
conflict and physical conflict. Shakespeare explores these in the
emotions and feelings of many characters. These come out throughout
the whole play especially between the Montagues and the Capulets as
the play is built up to their family tragedy to come.

The play's look on conflict is one aspect of the play that builds up
the whole drama of it, although it has many aspects to it, which are
all as vital as one another. As we meet each conflict Shakespeare uses
more and more descriptive language, which adds to the overall effect
of the play and the conflicts in it. Inner conflict is one of the most
frequently occurring conflicts and one that we meet an awful lot,
which is experienced by a number of the characters in this play. The
first time that we come across this type of conflict in 'Romeo and
Juliet' is Act 1 scene 3, when we discover that Juliet does not want
to marry Paris. Juliets speech shows her emotions and feelings, and
Shakespeares use of language comes across well in this scene. ' I'll
look to like, if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endart
mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.' (Act 1
Scene 3 Lines 97-99).

Juliets inner conflict comes across well here, as it shows her true
feelings effectively. Her conflict shows as she says that she will
look, but if she does not like him than she will not marry him. This,
I feel, is Juliets way of saying that she is not keen on the idea
inside, but she will agree to it for the mean time to keep the peace
between herself, her mother and her fathers, making this an effective
piece of speech and language used by Shakespeare.

We move on to next inner conflict of the play, when we meet Romeo for
the second time. In this scene Romeo is facing the inner conflict or
going to the Capulet ball and maybe arguing with Tybalt or some of the
Capulet's or not going and missing out on a good party and a chance to
play a trick on the Capulet's or get one over on them. Romeo's
dilemma, although it may not be as big a problem at this moment in
time as Juliets, is also portrayed in a very suitable way for the
play, and so that the audience can understand. ' What, shall this
speech be spoke for our excuse? Or shall we on without apology?' (Act
1 Scene 4 Lines 1-2). Romeo's conflict comes across in an
understandable manner, and is in keeping with the conflicts that
Shakespeare has included in this play as well as it also being in
keeping with his effective language.

Although the conflicts are obviously very well spread throughout each
family...

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