People should always stand up for what they believe in.
Act I, Scene 1
At the beginning of scene one, the servants of the Montague's and Capulet's get in a fight, to which Lord Montague exclaims, "'Thou villain Capulet! -Hold me not, let me go!'....'Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach?'" (Shakespeare 996). Montague is speaking to the Capulets' because some of each of their servants got into a fight. This is relevant to the theme because the Montague's believe that the Capulets' are a bad family, and they are standing against them because they think that.
Act III, Scene 1
After the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio ends with Mercutio's death, Romeo steps in to avenge Mercutio, and kills Tybalt. The citizens of Verona bring the bodies of Tybalt and Mercutio to the Prince, and the Montagues' beg for the Prince not to sentence Romeo to death, "Not Romeo, Prince; he was Mercutio's friend; His fault concludes but what the law should end, the life of Tybalt." (Shakespeare 1051). Lord Montague is speaking to the Prince to stop him from killing Romeo. This is relevant to the theme because after Tybalt killed Mercutio, by law, Tybalt should have been killed, so the Montague's believe that Romeo should not die, and they are standing up to the Prince for believing that.
Act V, Scene 3
After Romeo's death, Lord and Lady Montague, along with Lord and Lady Capulet, go into the Capulet's tomb and find Romeo and Juliet's bodies, to which Lord Montague yells, "O thou untaught! What manners is in this, To press before thy father to a grave." (Shakespeare 1099). Montague is speaking to Romeo to question his reason for killing himself. This is relevant to the theme because Montague is expressing his opinion of Romeo's death to him, and is scolding Romeo, and telling him his beliefs about death.
Act I, Prologue (Theme)
At the beginning of the play, before the first scene, the narrator comes out and explains the play and the feud between the houses. When explaining the feud, the narrator says, "Two houses, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." (Shakespeare 992). This quote ties to the theme because it explains the relevance to the feuding houses, and shows that both houses fight over their differing opinions of each other. The Montague are one of the families in this feud.
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10 December 2014