What is the impact of Mercutio words, "A plague on both your houses"? Shakespere - Romeo and Juliet Act III scene 1

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To Shakespeare's audience, nothing could be more devastating than the word, "plague." The Black Death saw one of the largest pandemics ever destroy whole towns and villages. In the 1936 film version of the play, Friar John is shown being delayed with Friar Lawrence 's letter by being locked up in a house where plague had killed a man. In Londo, theatres and other establishments on...

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