Lord & Lady Capulet

People should not hold grudges so to avoid violence.

Act 1: Scene 1

Lord Capulet is speaking to Lady Capulet in response to her calling him too old to fight. He says, "My sword, I say! Old Montague is come and flourishes his blade in spite of me" (Shakespeare 996). Even though Lord Capulet is old and needs a cane, he is still willing to come to arms and die over a conflict who's roots are unknown. He looks foolish and is meant to, to supports the theme.

Act 3: Scene 1

Lady Capulet is speaking to the Prince. She claims Benvolio is lying to aide the Montagues. She says, "He is kinsmen to the Montague; affection make's him false, he speaks not true..." (Shakespeare 1050). Her nephew is dead and still bleeding upon the cold ground and instead of showing a bit of sadness or remorse, all she can do is fuel the feud that caused the killing in the first place. This shocking show of a lack of emotion shows again that the theme is one of truth. She is disrupting the telling of her nephews death to point all blame to her enemies.

Act 5: Scene 3

Lord Capulet is speaking to Lord Montague after the discovery of the bodies in the tomb. He says, "As rich shall by Romeo's by his lady's lie- poor sacrifices of our enmity!" (Shakespeare 1102). This is when both houses realize that the foolish continuing of their hate has cost them both their children. This supports the theme because the grudge (enmity) has cost them both dearly in violence (poor sacrifices).

Act 1: Prologue

In the prologue it is stated, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean....A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life....Doth with their death bury their parents strife, the fearful passage of their death-marked love..." (Shakespeare 992). This states the two groups intertwined with shared hate and how the children of each said group kill themselves in fear of the stated hate. Their death is what is required to end the hate. This is an example of pointless blood resulting of ancient anger. The theme exactly.

Nolan Harshbarger


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