Gloria Lee McMillan deposited Dirt and Trash in Romeo and Juliet (Social Stratification) on Humanities Commons 8 months ago
‘Dirt’ and ‘Trash’ in Shakespeare’s _Romeo and Juliet_:
Update on the rhetoric of social stratification in R&J…
Gloria McMillan June 21, 2018
Shakespeare in early modern period of English culture demonstrates how modern exogamy (voluntarily marrying outside your group) rattles the social stratification structure in modern western societies. ETYMOLOGY of exogamy: (ɛkˈsɒgəməs) [f. Gr. ἔξω (see exo-) + γάµ-ος marriage + -ous.]
Even enemies of the same ethnicity, as presumably the Capulets and Montagues were, can dehumanize and turn the ‘other’ into dirt.
Example from Chicago in 20th C.