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How Does The Setting Influence The Devellopment Of The Storyline In Shakespeares 'romeo And Juliet'?

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In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, we see the progression of the storyline through a number of different components of the setting. The events that took place, the place the text is set and how quickly time moves contribute to a great extent to the development of the plot and inform the audience and determine the direction in which the story will be headed, the problems that may occur and the possible outcomes of these problems. Also, it informs the audience of the personalities of the characters by how they speak how they react and their attitudes towards certain things and how others react to them.The play is set in the small city of Verona and at the beginning of the play we are introduced to a historical feud between the Capulets and the Montagues by two servants, Samson and Gregory who are in the city center. From this we are able to uderstand a little more about Verona and that the city center is a crowded area where people meet up with others. It is not as large as one would think being the city center so from this it is evident that Verona is not a very bit city. We also discover when we meet the Prince that the Montagues and Capulets frequently have street brawls disrupting the quiet city. This feud ultimately results in the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio and Romeo's banishment from Verona. We never find out the origins of this feud, only that it has been ongoing for many, many years. We are able to see the severity of this feud in many different events. At the ball, we see Tybalts for the Montagues when he sees Romeo and wishes to 'take him out'. Also, when Tybalt wishes to fight with Romeo and Romeo refuses, we see Tybals shock because no member of any one family has ever refused a fight and in this we are able to see yet again the hatred between the two families.One of the main events in the play is the Ball that Capulet holds for the notables of Verona. Without this event, the two lovers would never have met therefore the events leading from their meeting and love would not take place and there would there would not have been so many deaths including theirs.The Love that we witness between Romeo and Juliet originated at the Capulet ball where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and fall in love. This love intensifies as the play progresses and at the end, the two lovers take their lives for this love. This brings up the aspect of time. The play supposedly takes place over a short span of just a number of days thus this love has to develop extremely quickly in order to be so intense that they have enough will power to take their lives. The erratic nature of time in this play creates a specific mood of tension...

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