“O Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?” Doesn’t Mean What You Probably Think It Does

"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" doesn’t mean what you probably think it does.

The most famous line from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is quite often misinterpreted. This is due to the differences between the Early Modern English of Shakespeare’s time and its next evolution, our Modern English.

In this balcony scene, Juliet is not asking where Romeo is! She instead wants to know why Romeo is a Montague and she a Capulet (their families historically despise each other).

In this sense “wherefore?” is more accurately defined as meaning “for what purpose?”

But this is one of the things that most people don’t know because the language that the late, great, William Shakespeare used is one that not used today. If you were to start talking like Shakespeare people would think that you are weird. And so most people don’t know what some of the words in Shakespeare’s plays really mean. But how many people really read or have watched his plays.

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5 Comments
  1. Posted April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Like and comment if you thought she was asking where is he

  2. Posted April 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Also if you like Halo

  3. Posted April 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    and is you have never read or saw romeo and juliet

  4. Posted April 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    B

  5. Posted April 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    A

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