Romeo and Juliet in Westworld

I'm behind on my Westworld podcast listening, but questions were raised in the 2nd episode about Maeve or Mab.  In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio gives a speech that is called the "Queen Mab' speech.  In that, Queen Mab is described as a tiny fairy who plays tricks upon sleepers.  Could that be a reference to the nightly reset that some characters seem to have?

Furthermore, the the phrase, "these violent delights have violent ends" is also from R&J.  Friar Lawrence says this to Romeo when Romeo is anxious for the wedding to take place.


  • cbspockcbspock San Antonio, Texas

    These violent delights have violent ends
    And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
    Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey
    Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
    And in the taste confounds the appetite:
    Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;
    Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
  • cbspockcbspock San Antonio, Texas

    Friar Laurence is saying that the couple's fiery and aggressive passion would end just as savagely as it had begun, implying that this great desire for each other would suddenly die at its pinnacle, just as fire and gunpowder do. The one ignites the other, and the burst they create exists for a brief but exhilaratingly profound period and then quickly fizzles out. 

    Friar Laurence uses another comparison when he further states that honey which is very sweet ironically becomes abhorrent because it contains too much sweetness. Such honey is distasteful and when one has a taste of it, one is put off. Because of its gross sweetness, the honey's true value cannot be appreciated and its taste cannot be truly savored.

    The friar advises Romeo to love in moderation since this is the quality of an enduring love. If he rushes into love, he might never achieve true, meaningful and lasting love (more haste, less speed). It would only be a short, bright flame that would quickly die out.

  • I think that connects back to how "you become who you really are" in Westworld.  Nothing of enduring value is going to happen to you in Westworld if you go hog wild upon entering?  You'll just burn up and burn out?
  • I think William is coming into his "moral dilemma" (re. Dolores).

    I think, generally, a significant percentage of the Guest demographic is there to be on vacation, and may eventually extinguish their wanderlust in unbridled hedonism, but a key Guest demographic may be more introspective and use the park to truly discover who they are.

  • cbspockcbspock San Antonio, Texas
    They mentioned in episode 2 that there are different sections to the park. Didn't they say something like things get tougher the further from the center you go?

  • Several times in various contexts: Sweetwater is tame but gets wild the further out you go (referring to having been guided once by Teddy), and can't cross the river as things get too adult for the child (referring to the family coming across Dolores painting by the river).
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