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Conflicts in Romeo and Juliet

The unique conflicts in Romeo and Juliet.

“A plague a both your houses!” (III. I.) This is just one example of the many intense conflicts seen in Romeo and Juliet. The conflicts that arise throughout this story range from the cruel heckling of the Nurse to a murder in the streets. I have found that the most interesting conflicts during the story were when Mercutio picked a fight with Tybalt and ended up losing his life, when Romeo and Mercutio were making fun of Juliet’s nurse, and in the very beginning of the tale where the servants of the two houses started a quickly escalating brawl out of a simple argument.

As for the servant’s brawl, the Capulet servants picked a fight in the streets by “biting their thumbs” at the Montague servants. The scene rapidly grew into a ferocious melee between the two houses. Even the lords came and joined the battle! Some people were wounded, others were killed. In the end, the Prince came out with his royal procession and proclaimed that if any more fighting was observed, it would be punishable by death.

Perhaps a slightly less serious conflict took place when Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio went to meet with Juliet’s nurse. Their heated argument started when Romeo makes and inference comparing the nurse to a ship. Mercutio then follows up his comment with an insult of his own after the nurse requests Peter to get her fan, “Good Peter, to hide her face; for her fan’s the fairer face.” (II. iv.) Later on, after everyone leaves, Romeo attempts to compensate the nurse for her sufferings at the hands of Mercutio.

The last conflict that I will discuss probably has the most dire consequences, over the most trivial argument. The famous scene begins when Mercutio rashly starts picking a fight with Tybalt. Mercutio eventually goes so far as to draw his rapier on Tybalt. Unfortunately for him, Tybalt accepts his challenge and they fight. Remembering the Prince’s words about conflicts in the streets, Romeo attempts to secure peace between them, but it was to no avail. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm, and he shortly dies after cursing plagues on the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues.

Shortly, Tybalt returns to challenge Romeo, and Romeo kills him. Benvolio urges Romeo to flee, because of the promised death sentence from the Prince. Benvolio tells the Prince what happened, and since there were deaths on both sides, the Prince banishes Romeo to the nearby town of Mantua.

This conflict impacts the story by making it interesting to read, and gives the reader the feeling that anything can happen at any time. Without conflict, this book would just be another love story with a happy ending. By making Romeo and Juliet rife with conflict, Shakespeare sets it apart from other standard love stories where the characters end up living happily ever after.

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    November 5th, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Conflicts are very interesting and does draw the one reading the book in and in. I believe that without some kind of conflict in the majority of the books published one would pick up the book, read the first paragraph or so and then decide…”Umm…no conflict no me reading”

  • Alexandria "Lexi" Benz
    November 5th, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Okay, so I made a mistake by putting my name was Romeo and Juliet…so shoot me…everyone makes a mistake on these commentable sites maybe ones that just arent as noticable as mine….lol….that is me for ya…

  • nick
    December 23rd, 2007 at 6:40 am

    i feel like you should also be discussing the metaphysical conflicts aswell as the physical, for example the love vs. the hate
    (in not some pompus bookworm by the way! i just think a big part has been left out…)

  • mano
    March 18th, 2008 at 5:47 am

    i believe that the substantial recommendation of a brawl wanted by the two families mirrors the comflict and emotions arised in the two families.

  • mano
    March 18th, 2008 at 5:49 am

    i am only 14 by the way

  • *S.O.S*
    March 18th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    ROMEO AND JULET IS SOOOOOOO>>>?????????…just wowzers!…u know :)

  • kenny allen
    April 16th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    i like this site

  • cbnm
    April 16th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Conflicts in Romeo and Juliet

    by Abysia, Jan 9, 2008

    The unique conflicts in Romeo and Juliet.
    “A plague a both your houses!” (III. I.) This is just one example of the many intense conflicts seen in Romeo and Juliet. The conflicts that arise throughout this story range from the cruel heckling of the Nurse to a murder in the streets. I have found that the most interesting conflicts during the story were when Mercutio picked a fight with Tybalt and ended up losing his life, when Romeo and Mercutio were making fun of Juliet’s nurse, and in the very beginning of the tale where the servants of the two houses started a quickly escalating brawl out of a simple argument.

    As for the servant’s brawl, the Capulet servants picked a fight in the streets by “biting their thumbs” at the Montague servants. The scene rapidly grew into a ferocious melee between the two houses. Even the lords came and joined the battle! Some people were wounded, others were killed. In the end, the Prince came out with his royal procession and proclaimed that if any more fighting was observed, it would be punishable by death.

    Perhaps a slightly less serious conflict took place when Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio went to meet with Juliet’s nurse. Their heated argument started when Romeo makes and inference comparing the nurse to a ship. Mercutio then follows up his comment with an insult of his own after the nurse requests Peter to get her fan, “Good Peter, to hide her face; for her fan’s the fairer face.” (II. iv.) Later on, after everyone leaves, Romeo attempts to compensate the nurse for her sufferings at the hands of Mercutio.

    The last conflict that I will discuss probably has the most dire consequences, over the most trivial argument. The famous scene begins when Mercutio rashly starts picking a fight with Tybalt. Mercutio eventually goes so far as to draw his rapier on Tybalt. Unfortunately for him, Tybalt accepts his challenge and they fight. Remembering the Prince’s words about conflicts in the streets, Romeo attempts to secure peace between them, but it was to no avail. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm, and he shortly dies after cursing plagues on the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues.

    Shortly, Tybalt returns to challenge Romeo, and Romeo kills him. Benvolio urges Romeo to flee, because of the promised death sentence from the Prince. Benvolio tells the Prince what happened, and since there were deaths on both sides, the Prince banishes Romeo to the nearby town of Mantua.

    This conflict impacts the story by making it interesting to read, and gives the reader the feeling that anything can happen at any time. Without conflict, this book would just be another love story with a happy ending. By making Romeo and Juliet rife with conflict, Shakespeare sets it apart from other standard love stories where the characters end up living happily ever after.

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    #1 by Romeo and Juliet, Nov 5, 2007
    Conflicts are very interesting and does draw the one reading the book in and in. I believe that without some kind of conflict in the majority of the books published one would pick up the book, read the first paragraph or so and then decide…”Umm…no conflict no me reading”

    #2 by Alexandria “Lexi” Benz, Nov 5, 2007
    Okay, so I made a mistake by putting my name was Romeo and Juliet…so shoot me…everyone makes a mistake on these commentable sites maybe ones that just arent as noticable as mine….lol….that is me for ya…

    #3 by nick, Dec 23, 2007
    i feel like you should also be discussing the metaphysical conflicts aswell as the physical, for example the love vs. the hate
    (in not some pompus bookworm by the way! i just think a big part has been left out…)

    #4 by mano, Mar 18, 2008
    i believe that the substantial recommendation of a brawl wanted by the two families mirrors the comflict and emotions arised in the two families.

    #5 by mano, Mar 18, 2008
    i am only 14 by the way

    #6 by *S.O.S*, Mar 18, 2008
    ROMEO AND JULET IS SOOOOOOO>>>?????????…just wowzers!…u know :)

    #7 by kenny allen, Apr 16, 2008
    i like this sit

  • cbnooo
    April 16th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Conflicts in Romeo and Juliet

    by Abysia, Jan 9, 2008

    The unique conflicts in Romeo and Juliet.
    “A plague a both your houses!” (III. I.) This is just one example of the many intense conflicts seen in Romeo and Juliet. The conflicts that arise throughout this story range from the cruel heckling of the Nurse to a murder in the streets. I have found that the most interesting conflicts during the story were when Mercutio picked a fight with Tybalt and ended up losing his life, when Romeo and Mercutio were making fun of Juliet’s nurse, and in the very beginning of the tale where the servants of the two houses started a quickly escalating brawl out of a simple argument.

    As for the servant’s brawl, the Capulet servants picked a fight in the streets by “biting their thumbs” at the Montague servants. The scene rapidly grew into a ferocious melee between the two houses. Even the lords came and joined the battle! Some people were wounded, others were killed. In the end, the Prince came out with his royal procession and proclaimed that if any more fighting was observed, it would be punishable by death.

    Perhaps a slightly less serious conflict took place when Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio went to meet with Juliet’s nurse. Their heated argument started when Romeo makes and inference comparing the nurse to a ship. Mercutio then follows up his comment with an insult of his own after the nurse requests Peter to get her fan, “Good Peter, to hide her face; for her fan’s the fairer face.” (II. iv.) Later on, after everyone leaves, Romeo attempts to compensate the nurse for her sufferings at the hands of Mercutio.

    The last conflict that I will discuss probably has the most dire consequences, over the most trivial argument. The famous scene begins when Mercutio rashly starts picking a fight with Tybalt. Mercutio eventually goes so far as to draw his rapier on Tybalt. Unfortunately for him, Tybalt accepts his challenge and they fight. Remembering the Prince’s words about conflicts in the streets, Romeo attempts to secure peace between them, but it was to no avail. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm, and he shortly dies after cursing plagues on the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues.

    Shortly, Tybalt returns to challenge Romeo, and Romeo kills him. Benvolio urges Romeo to flee, because of the promised death sentence from the Prince. Benvolio tells the Prince what happened, and since there were deaths on both sides, the Prince banishes Romeo to the nearby town of Mantua.

    This conflict impacts the story by making it interesting to read, and gives the reader the feeling that anything can happen at any time. Without conflict, this book would just be another love story with a happy ending. By making Romeo and Juliet rife with conflict, Shakespeare sets it apart from other standard love stories where the characters end up living happily ever after.

  • eli fowl
    May 27th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    hi, im just looking around here, i am supposed to write about conflict for my homework. i really liked your language, and how you got it to flow.
    was this for fun? or was it a project?
    i think im going to write about the conflict in the book 1984… any ideas though?

  • Liane Schmidt
    September 18th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I fell in love with “Romeo & Juliet” the Olivia Hussey version the very first time I saw it – it is by far one of my favorite love stories.

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  • didi
    October 14th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    this helped me alot……..incredibly written…..BRAVO

  • me
    November 4th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    cheers,it helped with my coursework

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    November 15th, 2008 at 6:10 am

    ugh i need to do this for homework…

  • reyrey
    April 8th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Ah love it

  • tom jones
    April 21st, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    this really helped me with my essay…superbly written…thanks a bundle

  • jhsdjh
    April 23rd, 2009 at 9:23 am

    this is a lot of help play sucked

  • :D
    July 18th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    lol

  • John Smith
    October 19th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    I don’t understand why Shakespeare can’t just speak in normal English. It’s just more confusing than anything needs to be

  • emily
    December 3rd, 2009 at 7:25 am

    i don\’t understand how Mercutios death was a Conflict, please explain this to me

  • nie
    January 5th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    it was very useful . thank you

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  • tdee
    April 12th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    LIST the conflicts Please:) i need them for a book report :P

  • yarely
    April 14th, 2010 at 7:09 am

    romeo and juliet makes me want to laugh they have alot of conflicts going on i mean all the characters in my opinion are really stupid if juliets parents hadnt pressured her to marry someone she didnt want to then this whole mess could have been solved also with tybalt if he didnt kill mercutio none of this wouldve happened and if romeo had waited like two more minutes he and juliet would have lived and juliet is just plain suicidal she said a couple of times she was going to kill herself and in the end she did so that was no BIG surprise and frankly all of you ppl that read this crappy book for fun need to get a LIFE (seriously)

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    September 6th, 2010 at 4:06 am

    ^fck off :)

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    October 22nd, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    thank you.This had lots of information on it.

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  • sam hogg
    January 17th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    you have missed out huge areas of conflict in Romeo and Juliet, for example what father Laurence, and in his rashness to marry Romeo and Juliet, does this not conflict with what the church has laid laws against? secret marriages?
    and also alot of the conflict in Romeo and Juliet is not literal for example the large collection of oxymoron’s in Romeo’s speech about his love for Rosaline.
    and what of dramatic irony, when shakepeare creates scenes that only some of the characters know information. an example of this is the death of mercutio, for when romeo has just been married, the audience know that Tybalt has challenged him to a duel, and with mercutio making jokes about tybalts apparent homosexuality, romeo does little to help by saying to tybalt’ i love thee more than thou can devise’

    iv just turned 15 and was recommended this site, not sure if i should join or not. hope this helps with any exams or essays that need to be wrtitten , contact me if you need further help.

    thanks

  • lol
    March 15th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    This play was set 500 years ago so Shakespeare was using “normal” English for that period of time.

    And this really helped with my essay :)

  • amy k
    April 6th, 2011 at 5:09 am

    well, i think that the conflict within the family’s also lead them to conflict with each other. look at the way capulet juliet, the man of the house was the leader and if he hated someone then everyone in the house hated them. capulet hated montague so the rest of the house did.

  • concerned citizen
    June 18th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    what about prson vs self in the case of romeos emotional turmoil during the play and how tradgedy and loves controls the direction of the play

  • concerned citizen
    June 18th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    what about person vs self in the case of romeos emotional turmoil during the play and how tradgedy and loves controls the direction of the play

  • GingerJess
    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    thanks for this, really helped me with my english homework.. much appreciated :)

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    heeeeyyyy babes, roms and jews is awesome.

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    i have never seen the movie romeo and juliet

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