What’s in a Name? That which we call a Rose By any other name would smell as sweet.
(Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2, l. 43)
My title recalls the moment from the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet when Juliet briefly imagines that Romeo could be separated from his name, that he could be appreciated for what he is rather than for what he is called: ‘Tis but thy name’, she laments, ‘that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague’. The audience, of course, knows better – as does Juliet herself, although she would prefer to believe otherwise. Thus, while Juliet’s immediate answer to the question suggests that what matters is not the name but the qualities of ...