Romeo and Juliet Essay

999 WordsJan 7, 20154 Pages
Romeo and Juliet is a play about two lovers, who for familial reasons cannot be together. The two families have been battling “From ancient grudge [which] break[s] to new mutiny.” However, the cause of this family feud is never stated Verona was the ideal setting for Romeo and Juliet for multiple reasons. One of these was that it was a foreign country to the Elizabethans, meaning that they thought of it as a tropical land. The play begins with a prologue, which portrays the tragedy between ‘star crossed lovers’. Elizabethan believed that their fate was in the stars, and the prologue increases the anxiousness of the reader to find out what happens. Violence is a strong theme in Romeo and Juliet. It comes from the two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, because of their prejudices, strong emotions of every type and their sense of honour. This causes fighting, disruption, injuries and death. In Act 1 Scene 5, there is clear hatred towards Romeo from Tybalt. “Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.” He mentions his honour, proving what this encounter is about. The sibilance in ‘strike’ and ‘sin’ is to remind you of hissing and proves this is sinister. This led to a street fight between the two feuding families. Later on, in Act 3 Scene 1, violence between the two families increases. The contrast between love and hate builds up tension as this chorus set up a “fearful, fatal, death marked model,” sewing the seeds of tragedy in the turbulent ground of “rage.” The feud is carried on by high and low status of the rival families of the Capulets and the Montagues. Even the servants are joining in. Tybalt mocks Benvolio for being "drawn among these heartless hinds" where the animal images refer to the low status of the servants. Aggression infects every level. Those who wanted peace "are rare." Shakespeare plays with the

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