Love's Labour's Lost
Men and Masculinity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
MARIA: A man of sovereign parts, peerless esteem'd,
Well fitted in arts, glorious in arms;
Nothing becomes him ill that he would well. (2.1.7)
Here we see what Elizabethan women wanted in a man: a good reputation, education, and strength in battle.
DUMAIN: O, would the King, Berowne and Longaville,
Were lovers too! (4.3.36)
While the women share everything – the notes, gifts and speeches from their suitors – the men try to be strong and keep their own secrets.
BEROWNE: O, me, with what strict patience have I sat,
To see a king transformed to a gnat! (4.3.39)
In his hypocritical tirade, Berowne teases the King for letting love make him small.