What’s in a Name? Essay
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Have you ever thought’ve what a name really is? Name is an empty word simply made up of four letters. The word is empty until you fill it with meaning. The person makes the name, which is when the name is whole. The name is just what the person is called, not what the person is. If you take the name away from the person, you still have all the great qualities of that person, nothing is different, nothing has changed; but if you take the person away from the name you have nothing there but four letters.
“Tis but they name that is my enemy, Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. O, be some other name! What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet. ” Romeo and Juliet were bound apart by their name, a simple name. In the quote above, Juliet expresses how it is only their name that keeps them apart. They wanted to be free from the boundaries that their parents had established for them, but they were always stuck in their predestined groups, never able to break loose.
When they died, it was their final cry for freedom, to have people accept them as Romeo and Juliet and not Capulets and Montagues. “If he died, he was Andy. He was not a Royal. He was simply Andy, and he was dead. And he wondered suddenly if the Guardians who had ambushed him and knifed him had ever once realized he was Andy? Had they known that he was Andy, or had they simply known that he was a Royal wearing a purple silk jacket? Had they stabbed him, Andy, or had they only stabbed the jacket and the title, and what good was the title if you were dying?
” In the story, On the Sidewalk Bleeding, the main character, Andy from the group Royals, is dying in the middle of a dark alleyway. He was ambushed by the rival group the Guardians. While he is lying in the middle of the alleyway, Andy wondered about the meaning of retaining his title of being known as a Royal. He wondered if the Guardians knew Andy, as Andy and not a Royal. He wonders that if he hadn’t worn his Royals’ jacket, would he be dying, lying in the alley alone and cold?
Were they stabbing him Andy, or the Royal? He wanted to be known as Andy and nothing else. “If he had not been wearing the jacket, he would not have been stabbed. The knife hated only the purple jacket. The jacket was a stupid meaningless hated thing that was robbing him of his life. He wanted the jacket off his back. With an enormous loathing, he wanted the jacket off his back. ” This story reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. They were always known as Capulets and Montagues and never Romeo and Juliet.
They were never known as loving, compassionate, and caring people by anyone besides their friends and family. When people saw them, they always labeled Romeo and Juliet as Capulets and Montagues. People only hated their title, but they never ever stopped to realize that there is a real person besides the name. The Capulets saw Romeo and the Montagues as the scum of the Earth, and nothing better. This is also what the Montagues thought of the Capulets. “I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise.
Till thou shalt know the reason of my love. And so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied. ” Romeo and Juliet conquered hate with love. In the quote above Romeo is telling Tybalt that he loves Tybalt more than he will ever know. Romeo conquered his hate for the Capulets, and is now telling Tybalt that he has accepted the name Capulet as one of his own names, because he has acknowledged the name as nothing more than a simple name. Capulet: “O brother Montague, give me thy hand, this is my daughter’s jointure, for no more can I demand.
” Montague: “But I can give thee more, for I will ray her statue in pure gold, that whiles Verona by that name is known, there shall no figure at such rate be set as that of true and faithful Juliet. ” Capulet: ” As rich shall Romeo’s by his lady’s lie, poor sacrifices of our enmity. ” When Romeo and Juliet died, they made a huge difference. Their death broke through the name barrier. Here Capulet and Montague are saying sorry by setting up statues for one another’s child. They finally realized that all of their hate and enmity against eachother drove their kids to death, and why? Because of their name, a simple name.