The plays that Shakespeare wrote have very high stakes and big emotions - together, we say the plays have heightened circumstances.
This also means that Shakespeare's plays move very quickly and a lot happens, so often, Shakespeare wrote messenger characters who helped deliver news and move the plot along quickly.
Messengers deliver important news verbally or through letters in many of Shakespeare's plays. You can act as your own messenger still today by writing a letter and sending it to someone you know!
Once you've watched the video, send us a picture of your letter, either in comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may feature it in an upcoming video!