Violence and Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
It is the violence and conflict that make this play exciting and
thrilling. You would think that Romeo and Juliet's main theme would be
that of love. However, violence and conflict also became one of the
main themes in this play. There were all kinds of examples of
different types of disorder and conflict, brawls and fights between
the two houses, the Montagues and Capulets, the violence of angry
passion and the unnaturalness of love. At every turn the two lovers
were faced with some kind of violence. The violence and conflict seems
to carry the theme of love between Romeo and Juliet to its tragic end.
The images of darkness portray death, violence, sadness and the
secrecy of the two lovers. Romeo and Juliet did not quarrel with each
other; the love between them was deep and passionate. It was more
powerful than hatred and death.
Romeo and Juliet did not have any disagreements between them. But they
were caught in the middle of a violent feud between their two
families. The war between the Capulets and the Montagues was an (The
prologue- Line 3) 'ancient grudge' that had lasted many generations.
The Capulets and Montagues were unable to be civil towards one
another, this is the main reason why the feud lasted for many
generations. Shakespeare never expresses, in the play, the reason why
the two families felt hatred towards each other. Even though the two
houses were losing loved ones in the dispute, they still continued to
have disagreements and fights with each other.
From all the characters in the play, there is only one that expresses
his deep hatred openly towards the other family. This gentleman is
known as Tybalt, a Capulet. Tybalt was always bursting with aggression
and was always determined to start a fight with his fiery tongue. His
words and actions showed ferocity and deep hatred. He was even
determined to start a argument with Romeo at his own uncle's party.
(Act 1 Scene 5 Line 75-76) 'It fits when such a villain is a guest,
I'll not endure him.' Tybalt had so much hatred inside of him towards
the Montague family, that he did not care where he started any kind of
violent behaviour. Shakespeare put Tybalt in a scene where he would be
placed with aggression and never in a scene related to love.
The Capulets and Montagues were unable to walk past one another
without causing a brawl in the street. It was pathetic that violence
was caused in Verona because of their war. This made Verona an unsafe
place to live in. so the violence not only affected the two families
but it also affected to civilians of Verona. They would not only draw
their swords anytime that they saw each other but they would mock each
other as well. (Act 1 Scene 1 Line 39 - 42) 'I will frown as I pass by'â€¦'I
will bite my thumb which...