Youth in this play is a separate nation.
Please read the following excerpt by Professor Frank Kermode. He was the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University. This excerpt is short, but you should take your time in reading it and most importantly thinking about what Professor Kermode is actually saying.
Youth in this play is a separate nation; its customs are not understood by the old. For the hot blood which makes love at once a matter of rapture and low jokes is the same that keeps warm the obsolete Montague-Capulet feud. The same passions work toward both ends.
After you have read and carefully thought about this excerpt, write a response in which you answer the questions below:
- What is this critic’s claim or thesis?
- What evidence can you find to support this critic’s claim? (Make sure you explain how this evidence actually justifies the critic’s claim.)
- What evidence can you find that would refute the critic’s claim? (Make sure you explain how this evidence refutes the critic’s claim.)
- Overall, do you agree with the critic? Why or Why not?