Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekend Quote #1

Since I'm currently reading Romeo and Juliet for Let's Read Plays, I think it is only natural to quote a line or two from this play.

For this 1st Weekend Quote, I pick:

"What's in a name? that which we call rose, by any other name would smell as sweet" ~ JULIET, Act II, Scene II

What makes me so into this quote is that right at the moment I read it, I remembered another quote by Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables);

"I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage." ~ ANNE SHIRLEY, Anne of Green Gables

I Iike the Indonesian translation (which I actually have posted here);

"Aku pernah membaca bahwa disebut apapun setangkai mawar, aromanya akan sama harumnya, tapi aku tidak pernah bisa mempercayainya. Aku tidak percaya bahwa setangkai mawar akan sama indahnya jika disebut bunga tahi ayam atau kol sigung."

And there I had a good laugh imagining Juliet and Anne having argument about name and rose >.<

Just-a-note: I know it's a bit odd that Juliet's line made me remember Anne's line, while for some others it might be the opposite. But I well, read Anne's first before Juliet's, so.. here we are :p

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  1. Ah, that's one of the most well-known line in Shakespeare, like "To be or not to be" in Hamlet. What I don't like about it, though, is how people usually use it to say that name is not important, while Shakespeare doesn't say such a thing. He's emphasizing that Juliet loves the man BEHIND the name DESPITE the name, because in the end, it is the man and not the name that she is going to marry.

    I have the same opinion as Anne. A rose would be disgusting if it's named "carrion bloom (bunga bangkai)" or something alike.

    By the way, Shakespeare is very thorough when choosing names for his character. Just saying.

    1. Indeed.
      There's no way a name is not important, but I think what Juliet meant in her line is that the person who bears the name is more important than the name itself, thus even when Romeo was Romeo Montague she still loved him.
      And I think most people also using the quote in that sense.

      And speaking about the importance of a name, it will be good to bring 2 more girls in the conversation; Gwendolen and Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest) :D