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Romeo+Juliet Coursework Essay

2063 words - 9 pages

Today we see conflicts in soaps such as Coronation Street or Emmerdale but in Shakespeare's time they had plays and saw the conflicts in plays such as Macbeth. It is good to have conflicts in dramas as it keeps the audience captivated and makes the audience want to know what is going to happen next.

In the play Romeo and Juliet, conflict is the foundation of the play as there is conflict between the two families the whole way through and there is fighting because of it. There is verbal and physical conflict.
In the prologue it mentions that there will be conflict in the play to come so it pricks our interest. A prologue is an introduction to the play explaining the basis of what is going ...view middle of the document...

Sampson and Gregory enter the play in the first scene in a public place armed with swords and bucklers on. They are servants of the Capulet family and they hate the Montague family just as much they talk about killing off the Montague family. They also talk of other bad things like raping the maids of Montague or killing them.
Sampson and Gregory are scared of fighting in a way as they don't know if they are going to win so they sort of play it safe at the moment then Sampson sees that Tybalt is coming and hopes that he will help them so he provokes Abram. In this scene there is verbal conflict like calling names and physical conflict like biting your thumb or fighting with swords. Benvolio sees the fight and gets involved and tries to stop the fight between the servants but then Tybalt gets involved and he is then forced into a fight himself ; so begins the 'new mutiny' of the prologue. Tybalt wants to fight Bonvolio and says 'turn thee, Benvolio ; look upon thy death'. Benvolio then says I do but keep the peace; put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me'. Tybalt then says 'what drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montague's, and thee'. Here Tybalt is trying to start a fight and is saying 'turn to fight so I can kill you' then Benvolio replies 'all I do is keep the peace put down your sword or use it to separate these men fighting with me. Tybalt then says in answer to that what you have your sword drawn and you talk of peace, I hate the word as I Hate all Montague's and you.
Capulet and Montague wants to get involved with the conflict as they both have to be held back. Capulet goes to reach for his long sword and Montague has to be held back by his wife so that he doesn't run off in a rage. They both want to kill each other. The Prince and some of the citizens of Verona had to break up the quarrels between the parties of Montague and Capulet. The Prince says that these two parties have had too many brawls and disturbed the streets of Verona one two many times so he said the next person to start a fight will be killed. He says 'if ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace'.
The audience is captivated by this as they want to know what happens next. They know that somewhere in the play there will be more conflict so they want to know what will be the punishment and what will happen especially because Benvolio and Tybalt have some conflict so it may continue throughout the play.
Romeo loves a girl called Rosaline but she doesn't love him he says 'well, in that hit you miss: she'll not be hit with cupid's arrow. She hath Dian's wit, and in strong proof of chastity well arm'd, from love's weak childish bow she lives unharm'd'. Which means that Rosaline doesn't love him and she has the cleverness of Diana(the Roman goddess of chastity) in avoiding the temptations of love and remaining a virgin.
I think that Shakespeare intends the audience to have a feeling of...

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