I am now a person who gets mad about people misinterpreting Romeo and Juliet. Yes, it’s a cautionary tale. It is NOT a cautionary tale about
- How dumb teenagers mistake crushes for love and should listen to their parents and go along with arranged marriages they don’t want instead
- How 13-year-olds shouldn’t get married (yes, Juliet is really young to marry even for the period, yes, it’s somewhat important, but if she were 20 it wouldn’t change the point that much)
- How teenage love is dumb and causes people to die
What it is a cautionary tale about:
- Cycles of violence suck and it’s the responsibility of everyone involved, but especially the adults with power, to break them before worse shit happens
- Sometimes it takes something really shocking and horrible happening to shake people out of their assumptions, e.g. the double suicide of a couple of sweet teenagers who had both tried their best to check out of the stupid feud all along, who radically chose love over hate
- (okay here I have some issues with Shakespeare, haha) If you’re going to concoct an elaborate faux-suicide escape plan, you should probably make sure everyone involved is clearly on the same page
And just because Romeo and Juliet are young and fall in love unrealistically fast for dramatic reasons does not mean it’s not also a love story, ffs.
Romeo and Juliet sucking it up and listening to their parents might have delayed some of the disaster: but there would still be a bloody feud ongoing, Juliet would be married to a man she didn’t want to marry (Paris), and given the respective attitudes of Tybalt and Mercutio, a similar pile of death would probably have gone down eventually anyway, except that hotheaded young bucks killing each other isn’t as shocking as sweet teenaged girls committing suicide, so business as usual.
Anyway, something can be a cautionary tale and a romance at the same time. Stories can serve multiple purposes! Shocking, I know.
I will reblog these sentiments every time I see them, which is all to rarely these days.
#YEAH #maybe that guy shakespeare actually knew how to craft a nuanced story IMAGINE THAT #”a couple of sweet teenagers who radically chose love over hate” yessssssss that’s perfect #these two kids are REVOLUTIONARIES #they want to upend the status quo when literally nobody else does #and create a peaceful world where people are capable of really loving each other #romeo and juliet are like punk rock but if punk rock were made of sighs and kisses #also theyre huge dorks. dont forget that. the biggest dorks.
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