Violence and Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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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…show more content…
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'…'I will bite my thumb which is disgrace.' To bite your thumb at someone is an ancient Italian insult; it was rude and extremely offensive to do that to someone. As the violence and conflict caused mayhem and chaos in Verona a warning was given to the houses by the Prince. In this day and age we have groups such as the mafia and gangs that make the environment
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