How does the setting influence the devellopment of the storyline in Shakespeares 'Romeo and Juliet'?

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In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, we see the progression of the storyline through a number of different components of the setting. The events that took place, the place the text is set and how quickly time moves contribute to a great extent to the development of the plot and inform the audience and determine the direction in which the story will be headed, the problems that may occur and the possible outcomes of these problems. Also, it informs the audience of the personalities of the characters by how they speak how they react and their attitudes towards certain things and how others react to them.

The play is set in the small city of Verona and at the beginning of the play we are introduced to a historical feud between the Capulets and the Montagues by two servants, Samson and Gregory who are in the city center.

From this we are able to uderstand a little more about Verona and that the city center is a crowded area where people meet up with others. It is not as large as one would think being the city center so from this it is evident that Verona is not a very bit city. We also discover when we meet the Prince that the Montagues and Capulets frequently have street brawls disrupting the quiet city. This feud ultimately results in the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio and Romeo's banishment from Verona. We never find out the origins of this feud, only that it has been ongoing for many, many years. We are able to see the severity of this feud in many different events. At the ball, we see Tybalts for the Montagues when he sees Romeo and wishes to 'take him out'. Also, when Tybalt wishes to fight with...