The play was written in the 1500s but is set in the 1300s
In the 1300s it was common for young girls to marry from ages twelve to fourteen
Marriage was usually a political alliance, rather than for love
Marriages were arranged by the parents of the bride
The young girls would have to ‘court’ the suitors to get to know them better or to see fit they are a good match
Suitors were men that are interested in a certain girl, and they were typically much older than the potential bride
The purpose of marriage was to increase wealth and to brith children
The role of women in a marriage is to birth children and serve the husband obediently
Women would usually marry at age twelve and give birth the year after.
Shakespeare wrote this play to highlight the tragedy and comedy that can come from romance
At the time Shakespeare wrote this play, men would play the female characters, so young boys would have played Juliet
In Shakespeare’s time, the demand for play was not so high, as there were usually travelling performers who would perform on the streets
However, Shakespeare revolutionised the way theatre was performed by writing out scripts that were to be performed in theatres
Romeo and Juliet was one of the first play Shakespeare wrote and produced, so it had a great impact on the civilians who watched and loved theatre
Shakespeare wrote the play because he found that it was common for lovers to complain about the problems they’re faced with that forced them to separate from each other
In response to this, Shakespeare wrote the play to explain the worst possible situation lovers could find themselves in.
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