Shakespeare's Use of Violence in Romeo and Juliet Essay example

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Shakespeare's Use of Violence in Romeo and Juliet

Without violence in a love story the story would be less appealing

to an audience. Shakespeare uses violent, bloody, angry scenes in-between lovely, happy romantic scenes, so that the audience will find the story much more absorbing. The violence in the play also propels the story forward.

Shakespeare sets his story during the Elizabethan times.

A time when it was acceptable for men to carry swords. Also rich families had their own private armies! In the 16th Century, there were duels. Duels were when two people armed with weapons would fight, until one person gets killed. In those days if you said no to a duel, you would be known as a
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Firstly, I will be observing Act 1 Scene 1. Shakespeare starts the play with action. This is to grab the audience attention. At first there are Caplets servants boasting about themselves and how they are not scared of the Montague’s.

“Therefore I will push Montague’s Men from the wall, and thrust

his maids to the wall.”

The language is violent, and engages the audience. “Draw thy sword,

here comes of the house of Montague’s“. It creates suspense, as we know a fight is about to occur. The servants have swords by their waist. The stage directions indicate that the Montague servants appear and this builds tension. The Capulet’s servants jump and panic. Which adds anxiety, however makes the audience laugh at how stupid the Capulet’s servants are. They decide to bite their thumb. At those days biting your thumb was a grave insult.

This scene it shows us how much the Montague’s and the Caplet’s

are enemies, because the servants from both families are even fighting.

Tybalt enters and immediately seems like a hot tempered person.

“What drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word/As I hate hells all Montague’s and thee”. The audience don’t really like him now because the language he uses is aggressive

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