Romeo And Juliet Social Commentary Essay

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In the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare incorporates his social commentary of the world around him. He incorporated his opinion of society in little bits and pieces of the play. Shakespeare also mentions about how love was back in the day, how sexist society was then, and even mentions the black plague swirling around them. Shakespeare happened to secretly write about how society was around him when it came to love. He goes into detail about how shallow guys were when it came to love,“So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” (II.iii.71-72). Shakespeare shows how all that mattered was how people looked and how it did not matter about what was in the inside. This …show more content…

Shakespeare quotes, “One of our order, to associate me… and would not let us forth.” (V.ii.6-11). Shakespeare mentions how ridiculous people were being back then. He has a scene in the play of how Friar John was visiting the sick and got locked in a house since he was accused of having the plague. Shakespeare mentions it because he even thinks it is crazy how they accuse someone of having the plague when there is no evidence of them having it. How they accused someone, also shows how scared people truly were back then of catching it and dying from it. Shakespeare also made an interesting scene in the play, “It could not send it...were they of infection.” (V.ii.14-16). In this scene Apothecary cannot even send a letter to Romeo since he is accused of having the plague. It shows how serious they took the plague back then and also shows how people will do anything to prevent getting the plague at any cost. In another scene Shakespeare mentions, ”I am hurt. A plague o’ both houses! I am sped. Is he gone and hath nothing?” (III.i.63). In this scene Mercutio and Tybalt are in the middle of fighting and stop immediately as they end up near a house infected by the plague. It shows how scared people were back then of the plague along with Shakespeare having a fear of catching the black

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