Socioeconomic And Social Conflict In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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East vs West
The British East Indian Trading company's dominant private army subjugated India. Their dominance over the Indians crafted rebellion, which forced a wide socioeconomic and social gap between the two bitter adversaries. As the play Romeo and Juliet has a lot of societal tensions, I’ve decided to highlight conflict between a rich English family in India and a big Indian family during this time period. This distinct division of the two groups is quintessential to this play as it mirrors the pace and the mood of this continental conflict from the uncontrollable passionate start to the very tragic and brutal end. By setting the scene at two distant ends of a society, the wide socioeconomic and social gap between these two warring families leads to immense conflict.

In Act 1, Scene 1, lines 1-71, we can see this socioeconomic gap which results in societal conflict between the Mukherjee's and the Capshaws. We see two upper class butlers called Sampson and Gregory. These two butlers who are in service of the rich family Capshaw, are dressed in expensive justaucorps with weaved splashes of colour, bespoke jackets and fine linen breeches, their English is common but evident is a slight posh
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People who have never read or seen the play before should be have an enjoyable experience, where they can understand the play and be transported by it. At the other end of the spectrum, people who know the play, will be challenged by my interpretative choices. They can reflect on other productions and their own interpretation of the play. All East vs West audience members will witness a new and unique story, fashioned from the memorable creative prowess of Shakespeare. Now it is up to you, the audience, to grapple with your understanding of conflict and how it can tear apart or mend a