Romeo and Juliet - Violence
Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, is a play which shows how
prejudice leads to escalating violence. Prejudice leads to violence
shown in the play when the feuding families, the Montagues and
Capulets 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 Capulets and Montague servants confronted each
other. Then the Capulets servants insult the Montagues. Which lead
to a street brawl of the two feuding families. Furthermore in Act
Three Scenes one, the prejudice between the families get worse. When
Tybalt wanted revenge with the Montagues, he then confronted Romeo and
Mercutio and started a duel. In addition the prejudice between
families got even worse, when Tybalt kills Mercutio. Also, in Act
Five Scene three, Tybalt challenges Romeo to fight and Romeo kills
him. Which lead to prejudice between the families.
The street in Verona, a public place, is where the prejudice
starts between the two families. In Act one Scene one, Sampson and
Gregory servants for the Capulets, insulted the Montagues servants
Balthasar and Abraham by biting his thumb at him. This leads to a
fight, which involves the Lord’s of both families and the Prince. No
death occurred, but the families attitudes against each other were
worse then before. Which caused a lot of prejudice against the
families that lead to violence.
In like manners, another duel between the two feuding families
start up again in the street of Verona in Act three Scene one. When
Mercutio and Benvolio friends of Romeo, are confronted by Tybalt, who
is still prejudice against the Montagues. Tybalt thinks that they
crashed the Capulets ball and know he wants revenge. Mercutio and
Tybalt fight between each others. Now Romeo arrives trying to stop
the arguments. Tybalt draws his sword and challenges Romeo. Romeo
refuses to fight and Mercutio stops in to meet Tybalt challenges.
Romeo again, steps in to stop the fighting, but Tybalt stabs Mercutio
under Romeo’s arm. Mercutio from this action dies from his injury and
this caused disruption between the families which lead to prejudice.
Instead of a Capulet killing a Montague, in Act five Scene three, a
Montague kills a Capulet as prejudice leads to violence. In the
Capulets Tomb at night, Paris, a young nobleman, kinsman to the Prince
has come to pay his respect to his "lost" Juliet. When he hears the
footstep of his enemies Romeo and Balthasar. Paris thinks Romeo has
come to desecrate Juliet’s grave in act of the prejudice against them.
While young Romeo was only trying to see his only love dead.. But
Paris didn’t know so he challenges Romeo to a fight and Romeo kills
Paris. This event was caused due to prejudice that lead to violence
which included injuries, death and disruption.
From examining Romeo and Juliet, it is evident that the play
shows how prejudice leads to escalating violence when the opening
brawl started by the servants, the duel between Mercutio and Tybalt
and Romeo and Paris. So it is evident that Romeo and Juliet, is a
play that shows how prejudice leads to escalating violence between the
feuding families.