Tell me Daughter Juliet, how stands your disposition to be married?
Act 2 Scene 4- Young vs Old
Marry farewell! I pray you sir, what a saucy merchant was this, so full of his ropery!
Farewell, ancient lady; farewell
This quote shows the theme of Young vs Old because it shows how older people sometimes still think that they’re young. In this scene, Capulet is getting ready to fight the opposing family, as he’s asking for his sword. However, his wife suggests that he is too old for fighting and that he needs a crutch instead. This shows how Capulet still thinks he is young and ready to fight when he clearly isn't. It shows that the activities that the old once did are now being passed to the young.
This quote shows the theme of Young vs Old because it shows how views change depending on generation. Lady Capulet is trying to get her daughter Juliet to voice her views on marriage, as Lady Capulet wants her to get married. However, Juliet doesn’t want to get married, something that’s very traditional. The theme is represented by Juliet and her mother, who are the embodiment of young and old. Both have opinions that reflect the mindset of each generation.
This quote shows the theme of Young vs Old because it shows the dynamic between them. In this scene, Juliet's nurse, who is older, is out in town when she bumps into Romeo and his friends and Mercutio is one of them. He begins taunting the nurse for her age, and at the end of their interaction, he insults her one more time calling her ancient. The nurse represents the old, and Mercutio represents the young. It shows how the younger generation disrespects and makes fun of the older generation, continuing the theme of Young vs Old.