The Theme of Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
In ‘Romeo and Juliet’ there is a big emphasis on conflict between the
two families (the Montagues and the Capulets). Dramatists and
scriptwriters have conflict in their dramas to create a tense setting
with harsh and unpleasant words exchanged and threats between the two
The conflict in Romeo and Juliet is supposed to be an ‘ancient grudge’
between the two families. Romeo and Juliet are from different families
from one another but they still fall in love. The problem is that if
any person from the opposite family were to go near each other, a
fight is bound to occur.
I will explore the theme of conflict in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by telling
you about some of the people in the play who definitely try to stir
things up and cause trouble. I will also explore the theme of conflict
in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by focusing particularly on Act 3 Scene 1.
The prologue shows us that love and hate can’t exist at the same time.
The prologue shows it by writing it as a sonnet or some sort of song.
Two families, the Capulets and Montagues, are hostile to each other
but their children, Romeo and Juliet, fall in love. They try to escape
from the conflict by death, and their death helps to mend the ancient
quarrel between both families. As the feud kills the lovers, their
love ends the feud too, so both families have the power to destroy
each other. Their love makes the two families value the importance of
loving each other’s neighbours. The families decide to reconcile for
the good. It could be seen to praise the power of love because it ends
the quarrel and establishes a friendly relationship between the two
This prologue establishes the fate of ‘Romeo and Juliet’
‘A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love’
Prologue line 6-9
The line ‘And the continuance of their parent’s rage’ (from the
prologue) tells us about the on-going feud between the families also.
The purpose of the prologue is to tell a brief overview of what is
about happen in the play. This tactic is used to create a bit of
tension when a character does something and the audience will know
what evil is about to concur.
In the line ‘A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life’,
Shakespeare informs his audience that the death of these young lovers
was just misfortune. But Shakespeare complicates the message by adding
‘Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/Do with their death bury their
parents strife’, suggesting that the fate of Romeo and Juliet is due
also to certain misadventurous acts of these two piteous characters.
Despite the fact that they will die, the lovers try to take...