What are two quotes that could be used for feminist criticism in Romeo and Juliet?Refer to Act 1- Act 3.1, please

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mzach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Are you looking for quotes that show criticism of women?  Or criticism of feminism?  Or criticism that might come from feminists as they read Romeo and Juliet?  If you could clarify what you are looking for I might be able to offer a better answer.

From Act 1:

"True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ... ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall."

Sex is equated with violence in this section.  Manliness is asserted through violence.

My child is yet a stranger in ... the world;
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years,
Let two more summers wither in their pride,
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
Younger than she are happy mothers made.
And too soon marr'd are those so early made.
The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she,
She is the hopeful lady of my earth:
But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,
My will to her consent is but a part;
An she agree, within her scopeof choice
Lies my consent and fair according voice.

Juliet's marriage is being discussed, but she is not involved in the conversation. Marriage was set up between men, with the brides to be having little say in what would happen in their lives.

This gentleman, the prince's near ally,
My very ... friend, hath got his mortal hurt
In my behalf; my reputation stain'd
With Tybalt's slander,--Tybalt, that an hour
Hath been my kinsman! O sweet Juliet,
Thy beauty hath mademe effeminate
And in my temper soften'd valour's steel!

Romeo essentially says here that being in love has stripped him of his manliness.  The statement defines gender.

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