Homework Help

What does the quotation, "one touch for nature makes the whole world kin," mean?

user profile pic

archland | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2007 at 9:49 AM via web

dislike 1 like

What does the quotation, "one touch for nature makes the whole world kin," mean?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 14, 2007 at 10:11 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

The full quote, from Act III Scene iii:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,
That all, with one consent, praise new-born gauds.
And give to dust that is a little gilt
More laud than gilt o’er dusted;
The present eye praises the present object.

Ulysses is trying to persuade Achilles to return to the battlefield. Kin means family, the basic meaning is that all of nature is one family.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes