Shakespeare’s portrayal of conflict is evident in a variety of ways. The audience’s perception of the emotional and physical conflict relies on the language of the characters, character actions, and contrasting scenes reflecting the contrasting conflicts. Moral, emotional, religious, social and inner conflict area all expressed and explored throughout the play, from the very first scene.
There are four main types of violence/ conflict are: physical, verbal, internal, and difference in views or perspective.
An audience in the 16th century would have liked “Romeo and Juliet” because it is a quick story line to get into, and attracts the attention fast, of the young lovers who are doomed from the start. The first scene: Act 1, scene 1, opens with a fight in a public place in Verona between servants from the Montague and Capulet households. This starts by Sampson and Gregory, servants of the house of Capulet, going out looking for trouble. They later find that they are in luck, as they see Abraham and Balthasar, servants of the house of Montague. Sampson then says to Gregory, “Quarrel, I will back thee” what he is saying is that he will back Gregory “up”; in over words he wants Gregory to go first.