Romeo and Juliet: The War Within.

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Romeo and Juliet: The War Within

The feud is one of the themes, in the play Romeo and Juliet. It is a very famous play written by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of two lovers who's families are feuding. In the following essay the feud between the Montagues, and the Capulets, will be discussed.

The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, is first introduced in the prologue, "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" (Shakespeare 2). This point is basically to introduce the feud, and shows that it seems to be accentuated, that the feud is a very bad thing.

The feud is evident right from the beginning of the play, in scene one, the following point is found. "Capulet. My sword, I say! Old Montague is come And flourishes his blade in spite of me.

Enter Montague and his wife Montague. Thou villain Capulet!- Hold me not; let me go." (Shakespeare 6). This point was chosen to show you how much Capulet and Montague hate each other; this point is only about two pages into the book, and it is meant to emphasize that this feud has been going on from the start of the story, and also to emphasize the magnitude of the feud, in that even the old people in the family are fighting.

Many bad things come from this feud. "From forth the fatal loins of these to foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; whose misadventured piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents strife." (Shakespeare 2). That quote emphasizes just how bad the feud is, and it tells the reader in advance that Romeo and Juliet...