Lord and Lady Montague

People should not always resolve conflict with violence.

Act 1 Scene 1

At the very beginning of the play a fight breaks out between the Capulet servants and the Montague servants. When the Montagues show up to the fray Lord Montague wishes to join the fight while his wife Lady Montague holds him back. He shouts at the Capulets "Thou villain Capulet- hold me not, let me go." as he grabs his sword from his sheath. His wife continues to restrain his saying "Thou shalt not stir a foot to seek a foe." (996). This shows that the Montagues choose not to resolve the fight by joining it, instead they leave it to those who started the fight to resolve it.

Act 3 Scene 3

After Tybalt kills Mercutio in the street Romeo takes his revenge out of Tybalt by fighting him to the death. Romeo slays Tybalt and flees the square while everyone rushes out into the street to see the damage. As the Prince arives all they see is Mercutio and Tybalt lying dead with everyone unsure of what happened. The prince asks Benvolio what happened and he tells the truth as always by Lady Capulet, thirsty for revenge, tells the king that he is lying. Finally Montague supports Benvolio by saying to the king "Not Romeo, Prince, he was Mercutio's friend; His fault concludes but what the law should end, the life of Tybalt." the king believes him. (1051) What Montgue is saying here is that Romeo should not be killed because he did what the law would have done anyway which was to kill Tybalt. Not only is Montague trying to protect his son but he is trying to help the king solve the issue without using murder.

Act 5 Scene 3

At Romeo and Juliet's funeral the Prince announces to there family members of both houses that there children's deaths were the price to pay for there hatred of each other. After the funeral Montague decides to finally make peace with Capulet instead of getting revenge he said that he "will raise her statue in pure gold, That whiles Verona buy that name is known... As that of true and faithful Juliet." (1102). Capulet also takes to heart what the prince said in that fighting wont solve anything, so with Capulet agreeing to do the same they end the feud without violence.

Theme

The speech that the Prince gives to the members of the Montague and the Capulet family shows the theme that people should not always resolve conflict with violence. He says to the families "Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague, see what a scrooge has been lain upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love! And I, for winking at your kinsman. All are punished." (1101). He is pointing out the fact that because of the feud his relatives are Paris and Mecutio are also killed in the process which only adds to his anger. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's death proves the theme and shows that fighting wont solve any problems.

Kayla Hermsmeier

Urbina

Adv. Eng

11 December 2014