Romeo and Juliet

The feud between the Montagues and the Capulet

The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets has caused unrest among the citizens of Verona. When the two families begin to brawl in the street, the citizens take up clubs and weapons and try to restore order themselves. What effect does mob violence have on the emotional stability of the city? Discuss how a minor incident can quickly get out of control and degenerate into a riot.

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Mob violence can be contagious. It is a well-known psychological phenomenon. When large groups of people get out of control people feel much safer joining them than resisting them. This would be the same thing in Verona streets. The city becomes a powder keg. This is why the Prince comes down so harshly on any citizen that again disturbs the peace.