Lord & Lady Montague

People should leave the past behind them

Act 1, Scene 1

In act 1, scene 1 the Capulet's and the Montague's are caught feuding, Lady Montague spits out cruel words to the Capulet's, some being...

¨Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe," (Shakespeare 996). These cruel words are proving that the two families are still bitter towards one another, and if the families had let go of the past, they would be able to pass one another peacefully.

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Act 1, Scene 1

As said above, cruel words are thrown to and fro between the Montague's and the Capulet's. Another line from this scene is,

¨Thou Villain Capulet - Hold me not, let me go,¨ (Shakespeare 996). This is a quote that shows that Lord Montague hates Lord Capulet so much, he'd go as far as to call him a villain. Now, if the families had let by gone's be by gone's, Romeo and Juliet would have a drastically different ending.

Act 1, Scene 1

In the play, it is said the reason for the feuding of the Capulet's and Montague's is unknown for it has been going on for many years, and it is even said so by Lord of the Montague's himself.

"Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach?" (Shakespeare 997). Montague wonders who was the reason for the old argument to start up again. If it is so old, that they can't even remember the reason for the quarreling, isn't it pointless to even fight?

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Act 5, Scene 5

You can't move on with your life, if you relive the past everyday. This is something the Capulet's and Montague's would've benefited from knowing. In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the star crossed lovers die because of their parents foolishness and their lack of leaving the past behind. An example proving that the parents of Romeo and Juliet learn this, when it's too late is,

"... 'I will raise her statue in pure gold...' 'As rich shall Romeo's by his lady's statue lie - poor sacrifices of our enmity," (Shakespeare 1102).

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