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Transcript of Nature
"Within the infant rind of this weak flower
Poison hath residence and medicine power:
For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant." (2.2.1)
Plants in the Story
Animals in the Story
Examples from the story
Animals in Elizabethan Era
Animals were used to reference the possible future.
Sometimes used to describe people.
Seen as just a part of life.
Some animals, like pigs, goats, and geese were associated with witches.
Animals, like leeches were used as cures for certain diseases.
Other animals were thought of as bad luck, like peacocks and black cats.
Plants in Elizabethan Era
Cure plague with a concoction of herbs
Head ache treatment: sweet-smelling herbs
Treat lung problems with plants
Stomach sicknesses treated with plants
Flavor alcoholic drinks
By: Mikaila, Melanie, Tia & Rachel
Medicinal leaf used for stopping blood flow
Sacred herb of Anglo Saxon medicine
Treats: burns, sores, skin ulcers, inflamed and raw skin, diarrhea, fevers
BENVOLIO: "Take thou some new infection to thy eye, / And the rank poison of the old will die" (1.2 50-51). ROMEO: "Your plantain leaf is excellent for that" (1.2 52).
Love, a sickness, can be cured with a plantain leaf
Increased cultivation of bee hives in Elizabethan era
All social classes drank mead, a sweet alcoholic drink with honey
ROMEO: "Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath, / Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty" (5.3 92-93).
Talking about Juliet
Honey means life
"What,lamb! what ladybird!" (1.3.3)
"Compare her face with some I that I shall show,
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow." (1.2.90-1)
"...and every cat and dog
And little mouse, every unworthy thing,
Live here in heaven may look on her;" (3.3.32-3)