The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1326 Tuesday, 14 May 2002
From: Philip Weller <
Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2002 10:07:49 -0700
Subject: 13.1319 Re: Romeo and Juliet
Comment: Re: SHK 13.1319 Re: Romeo and Juliet
Bill Arnold writes:
>In the case
>of Adam and Eve, after "not listening to their parents" [God!], after
>eating of the "forbidden fruit," they SAW themselves as ATTRACTED to
>each other, and classically that has been called, as star-crossed
>lovers, "love at first sight" [I know there are some punsterisms in
>there somewhere :) ].
>But my NEW definition IS: "love at first bite"!
>Doesn't that take some of the fatalistic star-stuff out of it, and bring
>it--you'll excuse the Edenic allegory--back down to earth?
As Bill Arnold tells the story of Adam and Eve, disobedience precedes
(and perhaps provokes) the attraction. In Shakespeare's play, there is
no disobedience before the love, and R&J both express surprise and
dismay upon discovering that their new love is a member of the enemy
house. So, no, I don't think Bill Arnold has made his case with this
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