Biblical Allusions

Life as a Tale 2

Tagged With: - ROMEO & JULIET

Shakespeare was fond of comparing life to a story, or a tale. He borrowed the analogy from PSALM 90 : 8-9, wherein Moses admits that God “hast set our iniquities before Thee [God], our secret sins in the light of Thy [God’s] countenance.


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During His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (MATTHEW 7 : 15). Act III, Scene ii finds Juliet describing her nurse as a “wolvish-ravening lamb,” among other things, when the nurse tells Juliet of Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment.


1 CORINTHIANS 15 : 51-52 reveals the Apostle Paul telling the Corinthian church, “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Weaker Vessels

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As the play begins (I, i), Capulet’s servants, Samson and Gregory, take joy in disparaging the Montague family and insult them as they speak of “taking the wall,” which means to walk on the inside of the sidewalk, a position usually reserved for women: SAMPSON: A dog of that house shall move me to stand! […]