Ling period 3 World Lit. I 2010-11 discussion

Romeo and Juliet > Labels: Acts One and Two

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message 1: by Diana (new)

Diana | 18 comments Mod
How have labels affected Romeo and Juliet? How do Romeo and Juliet react to these labels?

message 2: by Iaan Song (new)

Iaan Song | 13 comments Romeo and Juliet were affected greatly by their labels. First, their families are enemies, so they could not love each other, because of their permanent label that was given to them divinely. However, on the other hand, labeling is not so negative when you read about how Romeo labels Juliet to be the "light", and the "holy" figure. Therefore, in this story, Romeo and Juliet are immensely affected by the labels given divinely, or given by others. Some were not so great, but some were certainly positive, so it is not too negative.

message 3: by Joelle (new)

Joelle C | 11 comments Romeo and Juliet are affected by labels throughout their lives. Romeo is labeled a Montague, and therefore is an enemy to the Capulets (vice versa for Juliet). They are labeled as the others evil enemy, and forced to hate each other, although they haven't done anything wrong themselves.

I agree with Iaan; that Romeo labels Juliet, but in a different way. Some examples are, "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" (1.5, Line 51), and, "It is the East, and Juliet is the sun./Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon." (2.2, Lines 3-4). To Romeo, she is labeled as a bright figure, someone who lights up his life, and is very beautiful. Throughout the play, Juliet also labels Romeo as her lover, and he does the same to her. Their lives are affected by both good and bad labels.

message 4: by Charleston (new)

Charleston | 10 comments Romeo and Juliet are both affected by labels. Romeo is labeled a Montague, and Juliet is labeled a Capulet. They're labeled from different families and are forced to hate each other. And this label is one that they can't rid themselves of, considering how long the feud has been going on.
But labels aren't always bad. I agree with Iaan that labels can be used to describe something beautiful or good. There are many scenarios where Romeo compliments Juliet using labels.

message 5: by Guy (new)

Guy | 11 comments Labels affected Romeo and Juliet because they are always told to stay away from each other because the Montagues and Capulets are not supposed to be friendly. This forces them to meet in secrecy and they also plan to marry in the same fashion. I also agree with Iaan and Joelle when they say that Romeo and Juliet label each other. For example, Romeo describes her as a shrine and he calls his lips pilgrims.

message 6: by Joelle (new)

Joelle R | 11 comments As others have already said, Romeo and Juliet are labeled by their family's names. Therefore, they are expected to be enemies and clearly, they don't want to be enemies because they are in love. In my opinion, these labels have only strengthened the bond between Romeo and Juliet. Since they are not supposed to be together it leads them both to realize what they would give up for eachother- which happens to be just about everything.

message 7: by Courtneylp (new)

Courtneylp | 9 comments Romeo and Juliet are labeled by their family names.Romeo is a Montague, while Juliet is a Capulet. Their families hate eachother and have been enemies for generations. Thus, following tradition, Romeo and Juliet should hate each other but their relationship is quite the opposite.
I think they took advantage of having families that hate each other so they can see how much the other one will give up to be together.

message 8: by Noga (new)

Noga | 10 comments Labels are a huge part of both Romeo and Juliet's lives. They were both born to families of great wealth and class, and they have a lot to live up to. Also, being born to these families, they should both know very well not to talk to the enemy. Not on purpose but by fate, Romeo and Juliet fell in love. They have to talk in secret, marry in secret, and see each other in secret because of their families. These labels are eventually the cause of their death, and their lives would have turned out differently if it wasn't to the labels the two teenagers were born to.

message 9: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 3 comments I feel like Romeo and Juliet both have been affected by labels, by other people. they both have been brought up to hate on each other and have nothing to do with one another. Romeo and Juliet, both from either side found themselves in love, and their family is the ones holding back. They should be free to make their own dissitions, to chose what is right and wrong for their futures. These labels have stopped these "two star crossed lovers" to spread their wings and take a chance on love

message 10: by William (new)

William K | 9 comments Labels are a part of Romeo and Juliet's lives big time. The biggest labels of all, are their families names, Montague and Capulet. Also, they are labelled as the upperclass; they were both born into two very wealthy and powerful families. Romeo and Juliet in the play are currently trying to forget about their last names, so they can get married peacefully. But as we'll figure out it's harder then it seems.

message 11: by Jason (new)

Jason V | 10 comments Labels have greatly affected the lives of Romeo and Juliet. They have been brought up by their elders to resent each others family and to have absolutely nothing to do with the others family. Romeo and Julet both have not reacted about their last names. Romeo has stayed away from the fighting so far. Juliet has not payed much attention to it because she is only a 13 year old girl. Romeo and juliet obviously dont care about their labels because even though they are the other families enemy, they still love each other very much and are willing to forget about their last names so they can love and marry each other.

message 12: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Choi | 6 comments Capulet, Montague, love, and not love, these labels are boundries and ties to bring Romeo and Juliet together. But also because of these labels hate is made. If Romeo wasnt a montague or there were no Montagues at all there would be no boundreis in there love and might have not been that deep.

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