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Role Of Gender In William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

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Everyone in the literary world is familiar with Shakespeare's two “star-crossed lovers” Romeo and Juliet. Their love story, doomed by fate and feuding families has been an inspiration to many other literary works, movies and even music. Yet it is unknown what makes these couple’s story to popular and interesting across the globe. Is it their youth, their love of first sight quickly followed by their terrific death, the tragic events that lead to their demise, or a mixture of possibilities? One aspect of the play that causes an image in the reader' mind and has a profound impact is the exquisite language of Shakespeare. The language gives each character a distinct personality and character; each character has a different sense of humor, wit and love. Shakespeare’s words show society in Verona, different beliefs, values, and behaviors in both men and women are present in his play. The main characters of the play, Romeo and Juliet, are even affected by these beliefs and value, but mainly role of gender.
Men in Verona are violent, sexual dominant, and take priority in deciding what happens or doesn’t happen. Every action they take is an expression of showing to the other men how dominant and powerful they are. The men choose violence as their first choice of solving their problems for example: in the opening scene, the Capulets and Montagues get into a brawl for no apparent reason other than their long feud. The two noble families do not get along well particularly due to the feud between them, the Capulets and the Montagues. During their first brawl, on of the servants of the Capulets, Sampson, states: “’Tis true, and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall; therefore I will push Montague’s men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall” (Shakespeare 1.1.15-18). This distinctly shows the idea of dominance. Men from the opposite family are meant to be defeated in a duel and women are “objects” to conquer, own and overpower to satisfy sexual desires. Sampson also challenges, “Draw, if you be men” (1.1.62) by this he teases his opponent with the idea that if he is “less than a man” he will decline his duel request. Love and emotions also do not seem to have a place in these men’s cold and stony hearts: “If love be rough with you, be rough with love; prick love for pricking, and you beat love down” (1.4.27-28). The meaning of this line is that men have to constantly be above what are considered to be lesser emotions of weakness such as love and pain. Men believed that love will overpower and weakened them, and therefore wanted to avoid love and be rough with love.
However, Romeo on the other hand, challenges these ideas of masculinity and is portrayed with a more feminine personality. He speaks in a poetic way and uses more soft and emotional words compared to the other men: “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs, Being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes, being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with loving tears”...

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