Romeo And Juliet Conflict Analysis

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The play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare is centred around the concept of conflict and the way it leads to tragedy. Luhrmann's film appropriation explores the same idea, however, he exaggerates the conflict and violence to engage a contemporary audience. Through the feud between the Montague and Capulet families, Shakespeare and Luhrmann demonstrates the terrible consequences of conflict. This is seen in Act three Scene one, the fight scene where Mercurio dies and Act five Scene three, the final scene where Romeo and Juliet take their own lives. Act 3 Scene 1 in Shakespeare's play explores the idea the conflict leads to tragedy. In this scene members of the Capulet and Montague met and their tensions lead to violence. This conflict leads to the death of Mercutio. Through this scene, Benvolio hopes to avoid a brewing fight with the Capulets, but Mercutio, however, is antagonising and provoking Tybalt to withdraw his sword to fight with him. As the newly married Romeo appears Tybalt insults him with the hope that Romeo will draw his sword, in spite of the Princes warnings. Romeo refuses this challenge as he is now related to Tybalt form marriage to Juliet. As a result, Mercutio draws and responds to Tybalt's challenge on behalf of Romeo. The tragic result of this is that Romeo is now drawn into the centre of the conflict. An example of this conflict is clearly seen through the lines of Benvolio, 'I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, the Capels are abroad and if we meet we shall not scape a brawl, For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring '. The use of the foreshadowing and high modality add to the intensity of the situation. The foreshadowing of the sweltering heat, raging tempers, choleric characteristics and sudden violence of this scene, that contrast sharply with the romantic, peaceful previous scene. This conflict leads to the travesty of Mercutio's death as Mercutio relies with angry of what had happened, 'Ask me tomorrow and you will find me a grave man ... A plague a'both your houses! 'Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death!'. This quote uses the language techniques of repetition, "A plague a'both you houses" to convey the anger of
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