Conflict in Romeo and Juliet

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio Pages: 2 (784 words) Published: December 20, 2012
How does Shakespeare create conflict between Adults and Children in Romeo and Juliet?

In Romeo and Juliet there is conflict throughout the play. One of the important conflicts was the Montague’s and the Capulet’s who had been fighting for a while then. During one of the two families’ fights, at the beginning, the Prince managed to stop it but gave them a choice of that if they were to carry on fighting then there would be a punishment of death. Romeo and Benvolio managed to get two tickets for their enemies party, but Romeo didn’t think it was a good idea. Benvolio convinced Romeo to go and he finally agreed. At the party Romeo saw Juliet and they instantly fell in love not knowing that their families were mortal enemies. Tybalt heard and saw Romeo and he was not happy that a Montague had come to their party. Tybalt decided to tell Lord Capulet but because Lord C didn’t want to ruin the evening, he told Tybalt to leave Romeo alone. Finally, Romeo and Juliet found out that they were meant to be enemies. One small conflict near to the beginning was with Romeo, his best friend Mercutio, his cousin Benvolio and Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. Tybalt started having a verbal quarrel with Romeo which then turned into a brawl with Mercutio. Romeo tried to stop them from fighting but it was too late. Tybalt had managed to kill Mercutio. Romeo was angry and turned his anger onto Tybalt and with his retaliation he managed to kill Tybalt. After seeing what he had done he went to hide in Friar Lawrence’s cell. In Act 3 Scene 5, Juliet and her father’s argument, was not really what people back in the 16th century would have imagined to happen, as it was a Patriarchal society. This meant that men had more power than woman, which made a woman argue against a man not such a good idea. Just before the argument, Lady C came into Juliet’s room to find her weeping over what she thought was Tybalts death, but really was Romeo. Lady C then told Juliet the ‘good’, ‘happy’ news of the...
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