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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 Scene 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 Lordís 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 Romeoís 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 Julietís grave in act of the prejudice against them. 
 While young Romeo was only trying to see his only love dead..  But 
Paris didnít 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.

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