Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Introduction “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” This quote from Shakespeare is from the balcony scene when Juliet tells Romeo that his name is meaningless and that he is still a handsome young man and that only their family names are enemies. This same quote can be applied in today’s society in how people address each other based on different situations, especially when addressing women. There are many different titles that can be used to address women as opposed to men, but despite the title used, the woman herself does not change. Only the meaning and stereotype associated with the title used changes.
Throughout the years, the titles used to address women have slowly shifted meaning from that of a social status to that of a marital status. Erickson (2014) explains that the titles “Miss” and “Mrs.” are the oldest coined terms used to address women, and both of them derive from the title “Mistress.” Both titles were generally only used for those of higher power and status. “Miss” described young girls while “Mrs.”, described women who had governed subjects, was skilled, or who taught. Upon reaching adulthood, a “Miss” became a “Mrs.”, and according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it was common for older, unmarried women to still use the title “Mrs.” so they could increase their standing to be on par with married women. This was why sometimes this referred to as a “title of politeness” or “courtesy title.” But by the
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