Romeo And Juliet Masculinity Analysis

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Masculinity by: Luc
Masculinity the negative consequences of it’s power is reflected in many of the characters in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The masculinity in the story of Romeo and Juliet overrides the idea of true love and romance. This prevents Romeo and Juliet from being with each other, which ultimately causes the tragic death of the two young lovers.
It is interesting that the very beginning of the play starts with an example of masculinity and it’s negative power. Two servants of the Capulet family are complaining about the servants of another family Montagues. They immediately are ready to fight with their swords, saying “I strike quickly, being moved” (Act 1, Scene 1) and then comparing themselves to women they say “‘Tis true, and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall “ (Act 1, Scene 1). They immediately go from talking about women being weak to raping them and having sex. The writter starts off the play with this and its’ certainly written on purpose to make a point for the readers, that one of the main
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He keeps getting into fights for example in Act 3, Scene 1 he fights with Tybalt. There isn’t really a good reason to fight but he pushes the fight anyway, even though Romeo tells them to stop fighting. Mercutio says “O calm dishonourable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away. Tybalt, you rat catcher, will you walk?” (Act3, Scene 1). They draw their swords and Mercutio ends up dying. The only reason he died is because he wanted to show his masculinity by fighting. The masculinity in the story of Romeo and Juliet overpowers the idea of true love and romance. Which is shown throughout the play and prevents Romeo and Juliet from being with each other, which causes the tragic death of the two young lovers. As seen masculinity has a very negative affect if it's too
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