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He uses the characters to represent different aspects of the theatre, while also using language and scenes to remind the audience that they are watching a play. This play demonstrates the blurring and sharpening of the border between art and reality. Shakespeare uses his art to reflect reality through various lenses, while reflecting his art as well. This self-reflexive play was the ideal outlet for Shakespeare to bid farewell to play writing and the theatre.
Since these tragedies were being performed for such a huge audience, lessons and/or the reinforcing of cultural values were often hidden in a playwright’s work. Elizabethan audiences went to plays specifically to be entertained. This forced Shakespeare and other playwrights of that era to give the audience exactly what they wanted to see. Judging by the success of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and other plays by Shakespeare, death and violence must have been near the top of the list of their demands. Setting and staging is essential to a play, and once again Greek and Elizabethan eras differ in the way they are done.
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