Conflict in Romeo and Juliet

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Throughout the play, "Romeo and Juliet" one constant theme is conflict . In the prologue, the term "Ancient grudge", tells the audience that the conflict between capulets and montegues has been going on for generations. I have found that the most interesting conflicts during the story were when Mercutio picked a fight with Tybalt and ended up losing his life and in the very beginning of the play where the servants of the two houses started a fight out of a simple argument. In the servant's brawl, the Capulet servants picked a fight in the streets by "biting their thumbs" at the Montague servants. It then escalates to a full blown battle with even the ladies and lords getting involved .In the end, the Prince intervened and said "If ever you disturb our streets again your lives will pay the forfeit of the peace " (If you fight again you will be killed ) The most serious conflict was definitely the scene where Mercutio picks a fight with Tybalt. Mercutio draws his sword on Tybalt. Tybalt accepts this challenge and they fight. Romeo remembers the Prince's threat and attempts to stop them, but it didn't help. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm, and he dies after cursing plagues on the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo then angry after the death of Mercutio lashes out and kills Tybalt . Benvolio tells Romeo to run, because of the Prince's death threat. Benvolio tells the Prince what happened, amd sice both family's lost a member , the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona . The conflict adds to the story by making it interesting to read, and gives the reader the feeling that anything can happen at any time. Without conflict, this book would just be another love story with a happy ending. By making Romeo and Juliet's lives filled with conflict, Shakespeare sets it apart from other standard love stories where the characters end up living happily ever
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