How Does Shakespeare Present Conflict In Act 1 Scene 1 Of ‘Romeo And Juliet’? How Does This Compare To Conflict Presented In ‘The Charge Of The Light Brigade’ And ‘The Man He Killed’?

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How does Shakespeare present conflict in Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘Romeo and Juliet’? How does this compare to conflict presented in ‘The Charge of The Light Brigade’ and ‘The Man He Killed’?

William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Man He Killed’ share similarities and differences within their works. In this essay, I will be exploring the main theme of conflict, comparing its presentation in the three works of the writers, as well as, the tension and friction it creates. The two types of I will be exploring are internal conflicts, conflict a person has within themselves, and external conflict, which is physical. ...view middle of the document...

Conflict in the Prologue is described as infectious as ‘civil blood makes civil hands unclean’. This shows it had gone from the families’ heads of the households, right down to the servants and civilians of everyday Verona and the use of the words ‘civil hands’ further demonstrates the infectious feud. Throughout the Prologue, Shakespeare uses bloody and negative words, which in results further confirms the audience’s suspicion of death in the play and creates imagery. The playwright introduces Romeo and Juliet to us in the form of a metaphor ’A pair of star-crossed lovers’ and that their love is ’death marked’. The use of iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets creates rhythm which then creates tension as we read along.

The first part of the play begins with two servants, Sampson and Gregory, having a conversation about their hatred for the Montague’s in the streets of Verona which is a very chaotic place. They use humour and punning to engage their audience, and example of this is when Gregory tells Sampson to ‘Draw thy tool, here comes of the house of Montagues’. Both the servants of the Capulet family are of lower class status and have no blood relation to them, however they dislike the Montague’s just because their masters hate them too, as Gregory tells Sampson ‘The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.’ which shows that the conflict has spread as it is infectious. Similarly, in ‘The Man He Killed’, the soldier doesn’t even know why he is fighting as he only signed up as he was ‘out of work’. The petty fight the servants had, spiralled into something a lot bigger, in which also the heads of the households come together; Capulet exclaims ‘Give me my long sword; ho’ as he wished to take participate. Also, Montague says ‘Thou villain Capulet! - Hold me not let me go’ as his wife tries to stop him

Further on in the play, the Prince says his speech after he stops the pointless brawl. He describes the families’ as ‘Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace’. By using the word ‘subjects’, the Prince claims authority. It has been ‘Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word’ and has ‘ thrice disturbed the quiet’ of the streets. We can foretell that the innocent civilians of Verona have been corrupted as the brawls were ‘civil’. The families’ are only happy when they have each other’s blood ‘That quench the fire of your pernicious rage’. As well as this, the Prince emphasises the fact that they are neighbours but they are ’Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel’. The fact the Prince is trying to get across here is that they are neighbours but they don’t act neighbourly to each other. The Prince is sick of their ‘ancient grudge’ so therefore, to ensure it doesn’t happen again, he threatens both parties that ‘If ever you disturb the streets again’ then their ’lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace’, which just shows how serious and violent the conflict is. To describe the violence between the families, he uses metaphors: ‘With...

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