Violence in Romeo and Juliet

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Violence is a very powerful and stressful behavior shown throughout this play by many of the characters. Violence also plays a very important role in The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Without violence, Romeo would not have slain Tybalt and been banished from Verona thus causing all of problems between him and Juliet. Violence can also be very stressful to a person. It can cause them to have many problems with life, love and other personal things. Violence can have lasting effects on someone that can lead them into committing dumb and meaningless acts such as killing themselves or other people. Although there are many scenes where violence occurs the main one would probably have to be the scene where Romeo slew Tybalt. This scene had a major impact on the lives of Romeo and Juliet. This act of violence got Romeo banished from Verona and his wedding with Juliet canceled. This can be played out through using your words to hurt somebody’s feelings. Insulting someone is a good example of this type of violence. In Romeo and Juliet, people get insulated numerous amounts of times from rude gestures and words. The main form of violence in Romeo and Juliet is physical violence. But there are also many scenes where psychological abuse occurs. For example, in Act 1, scene,1, lines 41 through 49, Sampson and Gregory are insulting Abram. “I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list. [He bites his thumb.] Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? I do bite my thumb, sir. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? Is the law of our side if I say “Ay”?” This simple yet rude gesture caused an argument, and then a fight. Prejudice could have also lead to all the many acts of violence shown in the play when the feuding families, the Montague’s and Capulet’s fight. In each case, disruption, fighting, injuries and death occur. Also, the prejudice against the two families never got resolved because they were enemies. The prejudice started in Act one Scene one, when the Capulet’s and...
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