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Romeo and Juliet Gender Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the 2008 Norton edition of the play.

Quote #4

GREGORY [House of Capulet]
Do you quarrel, sir?

ABRAHAM [House of Montague]
Quarrel sir?  No, sir.

SAMPSON [House of Capulet]
But if you do, sir, I am for you. I serve as
good a man as you.

ABRAHAM [House of Montague]
No better.

SAMPSON [House of Capulet]
Well, sir.

GREGORY, aside to Sampson [House of Capulet]
Say 'better'; here comes
one of my master's kinsmen.

SAMPSON [House of Capulet]
Yes, better, sir.

ABRAHAM [House of Montague]
You lie.

SAMPSON [House of Capulet]
Draw, if you be men.—Gregory, remember
thy swashing blow.

This argument is about as mature as two kids in the schoolyard arguing about whose dad has a better job. Unfortunately, it's a lot more deadly.

Quote #5

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.

You know what's missing from this friendly little negotiation about marrying off Juliet? Juliet herself. Women (or girls) from wealthy families in Shakespeare's time didn't usually get much say in who they married; marriages were made for the convenience of the families, not the individuals.

Quote #6

This, by his voice, should be a Montague.—
Fetch me my rapier, boy.
                                         What dares the slave
Come hither covered with an antic face
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,
To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin.

Tybalt's notion of honour is all bound up in the masculine code of revenge: if he doesn't fight back against the teeniest, tiniest little insult, then his reputation as a man is in danger. Notice how male reputations are all about what they do (fight) and women's are all about what they don't do (have sex)?

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