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Romeo and Juliet is a timeless tale of young love and teenagerebellion The star-crossed lovers defy their parents by marryingsecretly despite the feud between the two families They defy the starsby trying to change their fate Although various authority figures tryto intervene Romeo and Juliet like many young lovers feel that theyhave to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together because theyfeel they would rather die than be kept apart Mowat and WerstineShakespeare shows the impact of authority on Romeo and Julietsdecisions in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet through the use of timeperiod mentors parent relationships and dramatic irony Shakespeare portrays the setting of sixteenth century Verona incomparison to his knowledge of Elizabethan politics and societysbehavior and expectations The failure of authority figures in Veronareflects the skepticism of established Elizabethan authority during thecrisis of the 1590s Prince Escalus inability to control the warringfamilies draws its energy from the Elizabethan governments inability tocontrol either dearth or the social unrest that it caused HermanThe final decade of the sixteenth century was a time of chaos inElizabethan England based on various factors Shakespearesrepresentation of political conflict echos the period of significantunrest caused by the disastrous crop failures in the 1590s HermanShakespeare wrote the play during a time of political and social unrestthat resulted from the uncertainties of basic needs Another factor ofthe crisis was the uncertainty of established authority Thejubilation following the sinking of the Spanish Armada in 1588 gave wayto years of fears of invasion worries over who would succeed Elizabethwith each passing day and each year brought more and more vacancies onthe Privy Council Herman Shakespeares representation of thenarrative outcome of this desire as tragic may suggest something ofElizabethan societys anxiety about the social cost of romanticindividualism Paster Conflict derives from the relationship betweenconformity and individualism The ironic tragedy of the play is thatsociety continues to violate social norms despite its high expectationsfor strict uniformity The problem lies as much in how societyviolates its
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