Conflict Within William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Throughout Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare conveys the theme of conflict in a myriad of forms. This theme of conflict is presented through the characters language and speech, as well as sporadically their actions. Notably, the conflict can be eternal, physical, mental and emotional which allows the audience to gain a deeper understanding of the characters. Furthermore, the idea of conflict is emphasized further when placed in juxtaposition with its antithesis theme love. The prologue provides the audience with a basic introduction to the themes of the play and also the fate of the characters- giving a sense of fate and foreboding. During the prologue, Shakespeare introduces the conflict between the two families by referring to it as an “ancient grudge”. The word “ancient” insinuates that this conflict is a long lost source of hatred, and possibly even that the origin of the aversion between the families has been forgotten. Additionally, within the prologue, Shakespeare describes Verona as “fair”, this gives a clear juxtaposition between the conflict and a “fair” environment. Additionally, In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents the Prologue as a sonnet in order to demonstrate the play 's themes of love and the conflict because sonnets were often used to address the subject of love with in conflict. During Act 1 Scene 1, Shakespeare purposely uses the two servants Sampson and Gregory to make a statement about both the conflict between the two families and Veronese society.
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