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Explore How Shakespeare Presents And Develops Conflict In Romeo & Juliet And Othello? 

Whether you are talking about a playwright or an author you can rest assured that they will use myriad of devices to create a desired response and showcase conflict within their story. If you are watching a comedy you will see jokes or witness physical humor designed to move the story forward. The same thing is said about tragedies and drama.

When you consider the classic Shakespeare play of Romeo and Juliet you will see that it opens with a monologue which very plainly tells the audience what is going on and where the story will go. You learn that there are two families locked in a heated conflict and that there are star crossed lovers who will eventually take their own lives. But why would you continue to read this play or watch it if you already know what happens? Because Shakespeare uses characteristics of literature to inspire and motivate the audience.

This play opens with a verbal exchange to tell the audience about the undercurrent of merriment and the conflict. Firstly a subordinate character is used to give the main characters more dimension through their interactions. The conflicts are represented by the subordinate characters physically representing the struggle and/or driving the plot. Motivations are also represented through characters. Juliet’s father forcing her on Paris as the motivation behind her acting with Romeo. Relationships can be showcased in the same manner. In this same play you see that the relationship between Romeo and Mercutio lead to the slaying on a Capulet and leads to the tragic conclusion of the play.

There are several major elements in any literary work that all serve significant functions

  • Dialogue – in books and plays there is an enormous need for dialogue. Good dialogue does not ever tell the reader exactly what to think or precisely what the main characters are feeling, however. Instead, the words and phrases will convey relevant points without being too extensive or descriptive. The reason that good or successful dialogue is not extremely direct is simple – it allows the reader or the viewer to follow the story through the words and actions of the characters.
  • Scene designs – many dramatic works have extensive descriptions of scenery because the author wants the action to take place in a very specific manner. Just imagine the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” without the benefit of the balcony!

Overall Shakespeare utilizes all of these tools and more in order to tell the audience important information and showcase internal and external struggle. This is what makes him one of the greats among playwrights everywhere.

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