benvolio and horatio should get a drink sometime and talk about how all their friends are dead
people who make fun of romeo & juliet are dumb but people who think it’s a love story to aspire to are also dumb
this is one of the best posts ever
THANK YOU We all know that they aren’t the greatest couple sure but I don’t understand why it gets so much hate either DON’T MAKE FUN OF R&J And also don’t make fun of Polonius but that’s a whole other issue
I always get really irritated at people who think that if the point of R&J isn’t “all love stories should be like this” then clearly it must be “teenagers and especially R&J themselves are idiots.” Because if that’s the point, why should we care about the play at all? And really, Juliet especially is such a great character — the whole point of her is that she has to grow up so quickly, I don’t think it’s fair to dismiss her as a hormone-addled idiot. And if Shakespeare wanted to depict them as idiots, he would have given them sensible parents.* I mean, that’s why it’s a TRAGEDY, because two young people with a lot of potential kill themselves because it’s the only way they can see to get away from everyone ELSE’S idiocy. The point of the play isn’t “go along with your parents’ stupid decisions or a lot of people will die, including you, and it will be ALL YOUR FAULT.”
*I know people sometimes point to Capulet’s attitude towards Romeo during the party scene as evidence for the sensibility of the parents, but that’s cancelled out, I think, by his treatment of Juliet when she objects to marrying Paris, which is quite frankly horrifying.
(Relatedly, I think the person who really drops the ball is Friar Laurence, who has good intentions — he marries R&J because he wants the feud to end — but if he’d talked to the parents before shit started blowing up, as a neutral third party, it might have actually worked out!)
Boy meets girl while feuding families fight.
A Scottish king is murdered by his host.
Two couples get lost on a summer night.
A hunchback murders all who block his way.
A ruler’s rivals plot against his life.
A fat man and a prince make rebels pay.
A noble Moor has doubts about his wife.
An English king decides to conquer France.
A duke learns that his best friend is a she.
A forest sets the scene for this romance.
An old man and his daughters disagree.
A Roman leader makes a big mistake.
A sexy queen is bitten by a snake.
Some of the more famous mortal-coil-shuffling-offings from Shakespeare. I made some of these a while ago, but a couple are new.