Hello, I am looking for someone to write an article on The Relevance that the Study of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet has to the Modern World. It needs to be at least 1500 words. Whether it be 2 families or two tribes or a group of people, hatred exists because of a variety of reasons. Shakespeare never gives an explanation of why the Capulet and Montague hate. In the Prologue, the families, their servants, and friends start in a street fight, “from ancient grudge break new mutiny”. In Act 1 scene 1 the servants don’t even know why they are fighting. The insulting image of showing the thumb is inviting one to a fight. Sampson “I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men I will be civil with the maids and cut off their heads”.
Shakespeares point is to show that old grudges are often without reason. They are the start of problems in ethnic tribal wars, religious wars and in border conflicts. The initial reason is often forgotten or based on unimportant fact.
Act1 Scene1, the opening scene shows how the two families hate each other. Everyone gets involve including Lord Capulet and Montague. No one gets hurt. There are a lot of bad feelings and insults of women and families as already mentioned. Benvolio is a peacemaker. Tybalt hates the word peace “What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word”.
Act3 Scene1 It was hot and miserable outside. Mercutio was hot-headed (mercury). He picked a fight with the Capulet, Tybalt who hated peace. “Come, sir, your passado”. “Hold Tybalt, good Mercutio”. Tybalt went and stabbed Mercutio.