She is like family to the Capulets.
Queen Mab Who is Queen Mab? Mercutio jests with Romeo, musing that Mab, the bringer of dreams, has visited his lovesick friend. At the beginning of Mercutio's speech Mab seems a whimsical creation, much like the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream. But we soon realize that Mercutio's Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes "unchaste" ladies by blistering their lips and Romeo and juliet text and film analysis knots in their hair that cause horrid oozing sores for commentary on the passage, please see Romeo and Juliet 1.
Mercutio's Queen Mab speech parallels the atmosphere of oppression in the play and Mab herself can be viewed as representing the vindictive establishment of Verona that impedes the young lovers.
Note the similarities between Mab and the "foul fiend Flibbertigibbet" described by Edgar in King Lear.
Flibbertigibbet blinds victims with cataracts "the web and the pin" and causes children to be born with the much-dreaded cleft lip "makes the hare-lip": This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet: For more on the dramatic function of Mercutio's Queen Mab speech, please click here.
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes In shape no bigger than an agate-stone On the fore-finger of an alderman, Drawn with a team of little atomies Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep; Her wagon-spokes made of long spinners' legs, The cover of the wings of grasshoppers, The traces of the smallest spider's web, The collars of the moonshine's watery beams, Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film, Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat, Not so big as a round little worm Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid; Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub, Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers.
And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight, O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees, O'er ladies ' lips, who straight on kisses dream, Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are: Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose, And then dreams he of smelling out a suit; And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep, Then dreams, he of another benefice: Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two And sleeps again.
This is that very Mab That plats the manes of horses in the night, And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs, Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes: This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs, That presses them and learns them first to bear, Making them women of good carriage.
She is the fairy responsible for dreaming, assuming a shape No bigger than an image engraved on a stone in the ring On the index finger of a politician, Drawn in her chariot by a team of creatures as tiny as atoms Across the noses of men as they lie asleep; Her wagon-spokes are made of long spiders' legs, The cover is made of grasshoppers' wings, The harness is made of the smallest spider's web, The collars around their necks are made of thin moonbeams, Her whip is made of a cricket's bone, the lash is made of film, Her charioteer is a small grey mosquito, Not even as big as a parasite Pulled off the lazy finger of a maid; Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut Made by the carpenter squirrel or old worm, Who have been the fairies' coach-makers since time began.
And with this splendour she gallops night after night Through the brains of lovers, and then they dream of love; Over the knees of courtiers, that dream on bowing to gain favour at Court, Over the fingers of lawyers, who immediately dream of fees, Over the lips of ladies, who immediately dream of kisses, Who the angry Mab often plagues with blisters, Because they have eaten candied fruit to sweeten their breath: Sometimes she gallops over the nose of a courtier, And then he dreams of some promotion within the Court; And sometimes she comes with the tail of a pig intended to pay the Church, Tickling a minister's nose as he lies asleep, And then he dreams of another way to increase his income: Sometimes she drives over the neck of a soldier, And then he dreams of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambushes, the finest swords thought to be SpanishOf toasting friends with overflowing cups; and then right away He hears drums in his ear for battlewhich startles and wakes him, And, being frightened, he says a hollow prayer or two And sleeps again.
This is that very Mab That tangles the manes of horses in the night, And plasters on bloody knots in the hair of sluttish women, The untangling of which brings much misfortune either the ire of Mab or possibly infection: This is the hag, who, when virgins lie on their backs, Pushes on them and teaches them to stand the act of intercourseMaking them able to bear the load of their husbands' weight.
Shakespeare's reference to Queen Mab, the well-known fairy in Celtic Irish folklore famous centuries before Shakespeare, was the first known reference to her in English literature. After Shakespeare introduced Mab to English poets, she became quite popular, inspiring other great authors.
Ben Jonson recounted the tale of Queen Mab during his performance before Anne of Denmark the wife of James I as she journeyed from Scotland to England in his performance was later printed as Jonson's Entertainment at Althorpe. The following is an excerpt relating to Mab: This is Mab, the mistris-Faerie, That doth nightly rob the dayrie; And she can hurt, or helpe the cherning, As shee please without discerning InMichael Drayton wrote a fairy poem called Nimphidia.
Nimphidia, an attendant on Queen Mab, tells the poet everything that happens at Mab's court: And thou, Nymphidia, gentle fay, Which meeting me upon the way These secrets didst to me bewray, Which I now am in telling; My pretty light fantastic maid, I here invoke thee to my aid, That I may speak what thou hast said, In numbers smoothly swelling.
This palace standeth in the air, By necromancy placed there, That it no tempests needs to fear, Which way soe'er it blow it. And somewhat southward toward the noon, Whence lies a way up to the moon, And thence the Fairy can as soon Pass to the earth below it.
The walls of spiders' legs are made, Well mortised and finely laid; He was the master of his trade It curiously builded; The most famous work to feature Queen Mab is by the Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
InShelley wrote a poem in nine cantos called Queen Mab. Cantos I and II focus on Mab in her time-chariot: This is the meed of virtue; happy Soul, Ascend the car with me! A study in the Warwickshire dialect; with a glossary and notes touching the Edward the Sixth grammar schools and the Elizabethan pronunciation as deduced from the puns in Shakespeare's plays.To assess Baz Luhrmann's use of setting in his film, Romeo + Juliet, we can begin by contrasting the film with the play as it was originally performed in the 16th-century theatre.
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