Love's Labour's Lost
Men and Masculinity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
KING: You three, Berowne, Dumain, and Longaville,
Have sworn for three years' term to live with me
The first line of the play announces a boys' club soon to be invaded.
ARMADO: What great men have been in love?
MOTH: Hercules, master.
ARMADO: Most sweet Hercules! More authority, dear boy, name more; and, sweet my child, let them be men of good repute and carriage. (1.2.39-41)
Great men in history are an important motif in the play. Take a look at our "Shout Outs" section in order to get a better sense of how many references there are to famous men in Mythology and History.
ARMADO: Yet was Samson so tempted, and he had an excellent strength; yet was Solomon so seduced, and he had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft is too hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. (1.2.92)
Armado and the lords comfort themselves with reminders that even heroes can love.