How Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare pleased and can please all audiences, including today's.

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William Shakespeare was one of the best known writers there ever was. His writings were, and still are, extremely influential on people, as well as on other works of literature. He had a great way of making his pieces relate to almost every kind of person. Romeo and Juliet, one of his most splendid works, was and still is able to connect to and please all types of audiences. Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, has many scenes that pleased the groundlings, the nobility, and would also please today's audience.

The opening fight-scene would appeal to the lower class spectators. The scene would especially be appealing because of the violence. Sampson, a servant of the Capulet's, says to Gregory, another servant, "'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant. When I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids, I will cut off their heads," (lines 17-18).

Tybalt takes out his sword and threatens Benvolio. The style of the scene would interest the poorer spectators. The scene takes place in the streets, where most of the poorer spectators can relate to in terms of the environment. The fighting is very rough, which the poorer spectators would be familiar with. The scene's tension and anticipation of the consequences would catch the attention of the groundlings. Sampson bites his thumb at the two Montague servants, Abraham and Balthasar, hoping to start a quarrel in order to harm them. During the fight, Prince, mayor of Verona, comes forth and halts the fighting, and threatens to execute the first person who starts another fight.

The dance scene in Capulet's house would appeal to the nobility. The style of the scene would amuse the more wealthy spectators. The scene takes place in an elegant house, where most...