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How is honor shown in Romeo and Juliet?

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In Romeo and Juliet, honor plays a large part in killing off most of the characters. While the origins of the feud between the Montagues and Capulets is never revealed, it can be assumed that honor codes are what keeps it going. For most of the characters, honor means an eye for an eye, or sometimes even an eye for a mere insult, as when the Montague servants react with violence when the Capulet servants throw an obscene gesture their way. The young men of the Montague and Capulet families often come to blows, feeling they will lose their masculine pride should they turn the other cheek. Even the adults in these households cry for vengeance rather than reconciliation: famously, Lady Capulet wants to have Romeo killed for Tybalt's death, willing to do it on the sly when the Prince merely banishes Romeo rather than have him executed by the state.

On the other hand, honor is also shown as a potentially good and ennobling force. Juliet's sense of honor is what keeps her from marrying Paris and...

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