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fandomsandfeminism · 2 days ago
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*sigh* Its that time of year where freshman high school classes start reading Romeo and Juliet.
And I'm just so tired of the "well they werent REALLY IN LOVE they were just dumb teenagers with hormones" take.
What do you mean "not really" in love? They werent real people. They are fictional characters. The story says they are in love. The omniscient chorus says they are in love. The themes of the entire play are built on the fact that they are in love.
So what does it add to undermine that except as an excuse to not engage authentically with the story? To suggest that actually it's the two teenagers fault that they died because they were being stupid and hormonal, rather than society and their families for the senseless hate that forced them to extreme measures? Does that seem like Shakespeare's intent? Does that seem like an interesting or useful reading, or as a cop out reason to role your eyes and refuse to engage with the play at all?
I understand that we are now in an age where "love at first sight" isnt really a valid literary trope anymore. Even Disney is taking shots at it. But this play was written in 1597- when the omniscient chorus tells you that they are in love, it isnt tongue in cheek.
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aimeejses · 2 days ago
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Yuzuru Hanyu's stag jump
Romeo And Juliet 2.0
Amazonic
Stag Jump's definition:
The skater begins the jump using either a loop or flip jump takeoff. The skater’s back leg is extended behind them while their front leg is bent in front of them, like a leaping deer, or maybe a stag.
A split jump in which the forward leg of the the split is bent sharply at the knee in a position reminiscent of a leaping stag.
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Dany/Daario and Romeo/Juliet
Daario rolled toward her, his eyes open. “Daenerys.” He smiled a lazy smile. That was another of his talents; he woke all at once, like a cat. “Is it dawn?”
“Not yet. We have a while still.”
“Liar. I can see your eyes. Could I do that if it were the black of night?” Daario kicked loose of the coverlets and sat up. “The half-light. Day will be here soon.”
“I do not want this night to end.” 
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JULIET
Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear. Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree. Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.
ROMEO
It was the lark, the herald of the morn, No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east. Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops. I must be gone and live, or stay and die.
JULIET
Yon light is not daylight, I know it, I. It is some meteor that the sun exhales To be to thee this night a torchbearer, And light thee on thy way to Mantua. Therefore stay yet. Thou need’st not to be gone.
These aren’t one to one comparisons in their situations, but the similarity in the female partner lying that it’s still night to convince their male partner to stay has to be an intentional parallel GRRM is drawing between Dany/Daario and Romeo/Juliet. Even though DD aren’t from warring families and they haven’t secretly married, they are star-crossed when it comes to the class divide between them. 
These two moments highlight how little time both pairings have left, which may be even less than they know. While Juliet is trying to prolong the limited time she has with Romeo before he will leave the city and has no clue that they’ll both be dead soon, Dany is doing the same with her impending wedding being the cause for their separation. There’s also a very high possibility of their relationship ending tragically, as RJ did. Right now, Daario is in a lot of danger as the captive of Dany’s enemies while battle is beginning. Despite talk of saving him from a Brown Ben Plum, who has a bad relationship with him, Daario can very easily become one of the casualties of the fight. 
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andaelentari · 2 days ago
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drop the dagger and lather the blood on your hands, Romeo
experimenting with changing my style a little
by andaelentari
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Two houses both alike in dignity never establishes the level of dignity they both obtain. This is usually assumed to be high, but could in fact be extremely low. Thus an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with both houses being rival clown troupes would not be in opposition to the text. In this essay I will
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fruity-benvolio · 9 months ago
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Capulet (derogatory)
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fweet-prince · a year ago
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Tired of people comparing every forbidden love story to Romeo and Juliet, especially ones about class or racial divides. It’s important to how the story works that the Capulets and Montagues are alike in dignity and that the feud is baseless and petty on both sides. If the Capulets had spent centuries systematically disenfranchising the Montagues, it wouldn’t be Romeo and Juliet. The play relies on both families facing roughly equal losses and being able to make roughly equal apologies and roughly equal reparations. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two kids who weren’t allowed to love in a world full of senseless hatred, and if you give one side a valid reason to hate the other—if either the Capulets or the Montagues are right—it stops being that and starts implying that the opressed have as much to do with the environment of hatred as their opressors do
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princesskuragina · 7 months ago
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Saying you hate romeo and juliet is exactly the same as being a preteen who was proud of not listening to one direction in 2012. We've all been there and I understand the impulse but it's time to grow up
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thegirlintheplaidskirt · a month ago
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“They still write about you, you know? In the history books. A hero, tragically lost. They call you foolish.” I tell you.
You roll yours eyes, a smile ghosting over your lips. “Why? Because I died?”
“Because you died in vain.” I correct.
You raise your eyebrows. “So did Romeo and Juliet.”
“But they died for love!” I protest.
You shake your head, evidently amused. “They died from miscommunication.”
I open my mouth to retaliate, but nothing comes out.
“The poets paint them in tragedy, weaving young love and sacrifice so beautifully that we forget the truth of what happened in the tomb.
But I’m the one who touched the sun. I didn’t go in vain, neither did I lose sight of the ground. I simply decided I’d rather fly.
Even if it was just for a minute.”
- icarus wasn’t a fool. he just knew what he wanted and was brave enough to reach for it.
(tales from the afterlife #1: icarus)
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Starkid is modern Shakespeare and no I’m not kidding
Strong emotional core
Widely available to the masses or “common theater”
Most successful plays are adaptations/ parodies of older stories
Dick jokes
In 500 years kids are going to read Twisted and not understand any of it and that’s a shame.
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sweetjupiterr · 5 months ago
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“i love you and that’s all i really know”
i’m obsessed with taylor swift AND ml so of course!!! of course i had to mix em together
these are also posted on my instagram :)
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