Romeo and Juliet: Conflict Currupts

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague Pages: 2 (720 words) Published: February 16, 2013
In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare seems to be saying conflict corrupts. Discuss. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the tragic events that unfold in the play suggest that Shakespeare’s aim was to show how conflict can destroy the fabric of society. He conveys this through the transformation of Romeo’s character, by frequently using imagery of decay and the ultimate death of the Capulet’s and Montague’s only children. Through these changes, techniques and events Shakespeare deals with destruction caused by conflict. Throughout the duration of Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare manipulates Romeo’s character to portray the message that the conflict corrupts Romeo. “Many a morning hath he there been seen, with tears augmenting the fresh mornings dew,” applies metaphor to convince the audience of his kind-heartedness. This unimpulsive, warm-hearted and affectionate Romeo transforms into a rash, hot-headed, fool after the fall of Mercutio. “Fire and fury be my conduct now,” employs alliteration to emphasise the burning inferno of hate he feels for Tyblat, which is a strong contrast to when Romeo first encounters him, “villain am I none, therefore farewell, I see thou know’st me not.” The dialogue conveys his unwillingness to fight, but it also utilizes situational irony to convey Romeo’s changes from being not the villain, to then becoming the villain due to a battle where Tybalt is slain. The change from Romeo not caring about the great shame conveyed by Mercutio for not fighting, to duelling with Tyblat because of hate and appearances, conveys this corrupt societies constrictions and their destructiveness. Another device Shakespeare uses to convince his audience conflict corrupts is his frequent use of imagery depicting decay. “A plague a’both your houses, they have made worms meat of me,” plays on the playwrights use of metaphor to illustrate, quite literally, how the conflict between the two house has altered Mercutio. Shakespeare again depicts worms as a symbol for decay,...
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