In The Play "Romeo And Juliet," Shakespeare Satisfies The Many Tastes Of His Audience Through Action, Poetry, And Humor.

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First, another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio , a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt , arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by threatning death for anyone who disturbs the peace in the future. "Once more on pain of death, all men depart." ( I. i. 149) Second, at the party, as Romeo watches Juliet, entranced, a young Capulet, Tybalt, recognizes him, and is enraged that a Montague would sneak into a Capulet feast. He prepares to attack, but Capulet holds him back. "Am I the master here or you? Go to!" (I. v. 79). Third, Benvolio and Mercutio encounter Tybalt , who, still enraged that Romeo attended Capulet's feast, has challenged Romeo to a duel. Romeo, now Tybalt's kinsman by marriage, begs the Capulet to hold off the duel until he understands why Romeo does not want to fight. Angry with this plea for peace, Mercutio says that he will fight Tybalt himself. The two begin to duel. Romeo tries to stop them by leaping between the two. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm, and Mercutio dies. Romeo, in a rage, kills Tybalt. The audience is sucked into the play during these times of action. It is the poetry of the play, more than the plot, which transports the reader into the rich world of love. Sometimes blank verses blossom into rhymed lines, giving additional beauty to the words. Sometimes, Romeo and Juliet talk in sonnets to declare their love. Imagery is another aspect, which lifts the play to a higher level of intellectual pleasure. When Juliet appears on the...

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