Thoughts, observations, comments, and concerns regarding our readings and classroom discussions.
posted by annes @ 8:21 AM
It seems like the two families can't tell who is from the other family. At least, the servant didn't know. maybe that is just because he is supposed to be stupid...
Is the nurse one of those annoying people who always talks forever about her self? Are all the servants stupid or comic relief? What would this say about the author/story?
So--some foreshadowing:Will Juliet meet Romeo at the Capulet's party?What will be their reacton?
I wonder is the servants will have a larger role in the play than we're saying...they're in almost every scene so far.
Adriana,"Are all the servants stupid or comic relief?"I say a little bit of both. Remember masters did not teach their servants to read during the time of Romeo and Juliet. The servants also lacked time to teach themselves to read; therefore, it is understandable that they do not know how to read. On the flip side I think it is comic relief that one servant who couldn’t read was given the job of inviting people to the party. It makes for an interesting predicament. However, if the servant could read then Romeo likely would not have found out about the party.
I just want to say (and I do not say this only because I always play the role of the servant) that I think that the servant plays a key role in the play and without him Romeo would not be going to the party. I do not doubt that the servant may be made out to be stupid, but I would just like to point out that without him Romeo and Juliet would not be the same story. Also, I am sort of confused as to the role of the nurse.
I agree with Briang. The servant isn't glamorous, but a necessary plot device. It make so much more sense than having a meteor scream out of the sky and land in front of Romeo with a message scorched on its side: "GO TO THE PARTY!"It's more subtle too.
I love the comic relief of the servants. Especially the one who couldn't read. I also love how they can seem so pointless but without them...where would we be. In the play and in real life today. How different would the world be if there had never been the idea of servitude. Maybe people could actually take care of themselves. Or all the nobles would just smell really bad. But never mind that. I would say that the servants are the backbone of the play. Everything they do is important but they never get credit.
Lane-I agree with you, especially after finishing reading Romeo and Juliet. The play would have taken a totally different course if Romeo's servant hadn't told him that Juliet was dead. Without the servants, Romeo and Juliet would not have met, been married, or killed themselves. The slaves, without knowing it, are pretty much behind every significant occurrence in the play.
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