Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Gender Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
GREGORY [House of Capulet] Do you quarrel, sir?ABRAHAM [House of Montague] Quarrel sir! no, sir.SAMPSON [House of Capulet] 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 [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.(1.1.14)
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.
CAPULET […]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.PARIS Younger than she are happy mothers made.(1.2.2)
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.
TYBALT This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave Come hither, cover'd with an antic face, To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin. (1.5.2)
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)?