I keep seeing people answer that Shakespeare question of what “wherefore” means incorrectly on this dating site. The geeky vein on my forehead is thumping like you wouldn’t believe. It doesn’t mean “where”. She’s not looking for him.
It means “why”. She’s lamenting the fact that he’s the son of her family’s enemy. “OMG, WHY do you have to be related to THAT family? The ONE family that my dad would have a shit fit if I hooked up with” “Deny thy father and refuse thy name” she’s saying here that she wants him to no longer be a part of the “enemy camp” as it were. Or swear love to her and she’ll do the same for herself. The politics of the warring families divide them. Eventually those politics are what put pressure on their love and eventually led to their death. (I’m not regretting spoilers here. You’ve had 500 years to read the fucking play).
I have an ancestor that gave up the English Aristocracy to marry the man she loves. My fantastic self would not be here without her fortitude and for that I thank her. Basic rule is: if you love someone, fuck what everyone else thinks.
Don’t you wish you could have been sitting next to me in English class in high school? I’m handy when it comes to the Bard ;)