The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
 William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2 (1594). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Henry VI, Part 2
Topic murder law anarchy
Date 1594
Language English
Reference The Second part of Henry the Sixth, Act IV, Scene 2
Note Written around 1591 Dick the Butcher line

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master While the rebels discuss politics, Jack Cade presents his vision of the kingdom if he were to rule it, that is, that he would share all the wealth among the citizens. Following this speech, Dick says that the first thing to do, if they were to take power, would be to kill all the lawyers, implying that it is the most despicable of all occupations.
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