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Please help me with analysis and interpretation of the following quote from Romeo and...

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duane1236 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2011 at 4:49 AM via web

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Please help me with analysis and interpretation of the following quote from Romeo and Juliet.

Juliet had refused to marry Paris; however she refused to her father which raised a massive dispute. Capulet says: ‘Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch’! The noun ‘wretch’ is someone who is thought to be a troubled person, this correlates to Juliet as in her father’s mind he thinks she doesn’t realise how lucky she is to marry Paris, someone who has such great qualities. In other words much greater to Romeo. Capulet uses the adjective ‘Disobedient’, to describe Juliet as she is failing to obey to her own father. This is incredibly effective because it makes us think during the 1400-1500s males were far dominant to females, as young girls were brought up to show the most respect to their father and comply with no questions. However Juliet has done the reverse of this and disobeyed. As a result of this Capulet throws insults at her to show his wrathful anger. He additionally uses repetition when he uses the metaphor ‘baggage’, to show his furious, but most importantly he is giving a clear message to her that she is a burden. That she is just there to weigh him down, nothing else. The punctuation (explanation marks) highlights how fuming and annoyed he is, and also let us visualise that his stage direction would be shouting.

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cbetances | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 15, 2011 at 6:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Your interpretation is pretty good, but there are some mistakes grammatically. I have corrected them:

Juliet refused to marry Paris because she loved Romeo, but when she told her father this, it caused a massive dispute. Her father, Lord Capulet is enraged and and insults her. One example is when he says, "Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!" (where is the citation for this???)

The noun "wretch" is defined as "someone who is thought to be a troubled person" (did you get this definition somewhere?). This tells the reader that Lord Capulet thinks his daughter doesn’t realize how lucky she is to marry Paris, someone who has such great qualities. Capulet also uses the adjective "disobedient" to describe Juliet, as she is failing to obey her own father.

This is incredibly effective because it shows the male dominance of the 15th and 16th century. Young girls were brought up to show the most respect to their father and comply with no questions asked; however, Juliet has done the reverse. As a result of this Capulet throws insults at her to show his wrathful anger. Additionally, he uses repetition when he uses the metaphor ‘baggage’, to show his fury and,most importantly, that he believes her to be a burden. Shakespeare's use of explanation marks show how enraged and annoyed he is, and also let us visualize his emotions and actions.

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