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Please explain this quote: "And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which but their...

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greenoctopuses | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:09 AM via web

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Please explain this quote: "And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which but their children's end, naught could remove?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:16 AM (Answer #1)

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This quote is from the Prologue to the play.  It refers to the idea that nothing but the deaths of Romeo and Juliet will make their parents (and their families as a whole) stop hating each other.

The first part of the quote refers to the "continuance" of the parents' rage.  This means that their hatred of each other would continue.  The second part modifies the first.  It says that the continuance will happen and that nothing (naught but) the death of the two young people (their children's end) could stop that (could remove).

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:25 AM (Answer #2)

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Basically the statement tells us that the continued anger and argument that caused the families not to get along was a constant and will only end at the death of Romeo and Juliet.  The parents had no ability to look at the issues in any kind of a peaceful way or offer one another forgiveness.

Finally, when they later see what their anger had resulted in, the death of their precious children, the parents were united by their grief over their children who had loved each other.  The parent's anger will lead inadvertantly to the children's death.

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