Summary of scene:
The scene opens with a brawl between the servants from the Montague and Capulet households. Benvolio, Romeo’s cousin, attempts to stop the fight but is drawn into the fray by Tybalt, kinsman of the Capulets. More citizens become involved and the fight escalates rapidly and soon the heads of both household appear on the scene. The riot is stopped when Prince Escalus arrives and forbids anymore outbreaks of violence on pain of death.
The play opens with vulgar jokes exchanged between servants, this immediately links sex with conflict. Like when Sampson says “And thrust his maids to the wall” which means he will push Montague’s maid servants against the wall, but thrust can also be linked to…show more content… Therefore, if thou art moved, thou runnest away. (Shakespeare creates a joke out of the contrasted meanings of ‘move’ and ‘stand’ “To be angry (move) is to move (stir), yet to be brave (valiant) is to fight (stand)”.
“Therefore, if you are angry, provoked or urged to action, you run away”
(In this line Gregory is teasing Sampson by giving the word ‘move’ all the previous meanings, and in this way suggests that Sampson is a coward and afraid to fight.)
SAMPSON A dog of that house shall move me to stand. I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.
GREGORY That shows thee a weak slave, for the weakest goes to the wall.
(In this line Gregory makes another joke about Sampson, and begins by jeering at him – he is not a servant but an unpaid slave who isn’t even strong.)
SAMPSON ‘Tis true, and therefore women being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall. Therefore I will push Montague’s men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.
(When Sampson says women being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall (meaning the women are pushed aside) there is a suggestion of rape)Sampson boasts that he will push aside the Montague men and force himself upon their women)
GREGORY The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.
(Here Shakespeare shows how the quarrel affects the lives of everybody)