William Shakespeare – A Pox On your House

This particular articulation of ” a pox on your house ” originates from the play Romeo and Juliet. The British dramatist William Shakespeare composed this one in the year 1592.

Among the characters, one curses a couple of leading households within the play: the Capulets and also the Montagues.

These particular 2 families disputed for several years, and this battle triggered lots of issues.


I am hurt.

A plague o’ both your houses! I am a sped.

Is he gone, and hath nothing?

The person that curses the households, Mercutio, is actually dying due to this particular quarrel.

Purely speaking, Mercutio does not belong to either the Capulet or even the Montague household, still, he hangs about along with the Montague young boys Benvolio and even Romeo – this person’s practically a celebratory Montague, and also holds loyalty to the household.

Therefore, this particular quotation, in which Mercutio curses each the Capulet and also the Montague household, is really surprising.

It is simply Mercutio’s articulation of his personal rage since the man is dying given that he strongly believes that the Capulet-Montague quarrel is truly what resulted in his passing. (Even more theoretically, the Romeo-Juliet romance is really what results in his demise, still, the quarrel absolutely complicates matters.).

Later on within the play, it is an illness, such as a “plague,” which stops Romeo from getting the letter coming from Friar Laurence– Mercutio’s darker jinx appears to have already become a reality.

Within this illustration, a couple of siblings are literally speaking with their separated parent or guardians regarding plans for Christmas time.

Amy: So, Mom, what are we doing for Christmas this year?

Mom: I thought we ‘d go to my parents’ house and you could see your grandparents. You haven’t seen them all year long.

Kimberly: That sounds fun!

Dad: Actually, I thought you should come to my parents’ house this year. You haven’t seen them either.

Amy: You guys promised not to fight about this stuff. We agreed we would take turns visiting each of you for different holidays.

Dad: Well, if you don’t come with me to Christmas, it means that you don’t love me.

Mom: Same! You’ll have to choose between us.

Kimberly: Well, a plague on both your houses! If you are going to be so rude to each other and to us, I don’t want to go to either place.

Amy: That’s right. We’ll have Christmas with our friends instead.

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Rita Chandon

Rita – After graduating from NYU with a master degree in history,  She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Rita mostly covers business and community, but at times love to write about world topics as well