Homework Help

I wish to know what exactly Shakespeare wants to say in the following passage which is...

user profile pic

mna | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 16, 2007 at 3:10 AM via web

dislike 1 like

I wish to know what exactly Shakespeare wants to say in the following passage which is taken from "the comedy of errors" ? Please explain.

A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;
But were we burdened with like weight of pain,
As much or more we should ourselves complain.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 16, 2007 at 4:07 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

Basically, it means that the suffering of others is hard to hear, but when we suffer, we want others to hear us.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes