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Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2673  Tuesday, 27 November 2001

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Nov 2001 08:59:04 -0800
Subject: 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey

Brian Willis writes that "the tragedy in this play is that those who do
not seem to seek their own destruction in the feud are drawn in".

Earlier in the same post, he quotes the wives of the principle
antagonists,

>Lady C: "A crutch, a crutch - why call you for a sword?"
>
>Lady Montague: "Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe."

then notes that

>Lady Capulet turns to rage and demands the death of Romeo, feeling the
>pangs of her own daughter's death not once but twice. And poor Lady
>Montague dies of grief offstage.

This sounds like a description of Lady Capulet as Lady Macbeth,
alternatively howling for blood and belittling her husband's
masculinity.  It's little wonder that the feud continues.

Cheers,
Se

 

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