Romeo and Juliet, a classic tale of love, fate, tragedy, and…violence. Lots of violence. This is not your average chick flick filled with comedy and a clumsy, yet lovable protagonist. Not, this one is a suicidal, whining, desperate 12-14 year old who marries a 16-18 year old boy. However, there is a twist, of course, that there families hate each others, and that is were the violence of this classic comes from. This isn’t you kind of neighborly feud to see who has the better Christmas lights, or better picnic, or some other trivial thing, oh no no no, not Mr. Shakespeare. The beginning scene is just a huge brawl. Yeah, just start out with them talking smack and then whip out there swords and swinging them at each other.
In the second scene, Romeo and Juliet, who have only known each other for a day, get married and, about an hour or so later, Juliet cousin, Tybalt, stabs Romeo compadre, Mercutio. Romeo, not to be outdone, in turn, stabs Tybalt.
It was about then I realized that the people in this story have some anger issues.
In the 3rd scene, nothing truly violent happens, except Juliet trying to off herself.
I did say in paragraph one that she is desperate.
In act 4, the grand finale happens and normally there would be a spoiler alert, but if you know anything about the end of it, you know that Romeo and Juliet end up killing themselves over a HUGE miscommunication.
Miscommunication destroys marriages, people.
Since there is so much violence in this story, its pretty easy to find something to write about in this field. In fact, I would say it is as easy to write about as it is to write about love and all that.
The first piece I chose to post is the poem. Kinda lame, but what are you going to do. Its hard to find inspiration to find something to write about in something that is already written…if that makes sense to you.
Montague boys were
Talking their big talk
When Capulets and the prince of cats
Told them to walk the walk
Bickering and big talk ensued
The outcome. everyone knew
Would end in bloodshed
Everyone pulled their sword
A long sword, rapier, or kris
They swung, stabbed, and jousted
No one ever missed
The guards were useless
And peasants stood by
And young fell, slain
This is how they chose to die
Its pretty straight forward, I believe. This is depicting the fight scene in the first scene. Of how the Montagues were all like
“Dang! Those Capulets be a bunch of fools!”
But the Capulets didn’t say nothing, like
Then the Montagues were all like
“Man, we be smarter, faster, stronger, and better looking then all ya’ll!”
But the Capulets just stood there, like
Finally the Montagues broke down and were like
“You gonna say anything or what?”
Then the Capulets were like pulling out there swords saying
“BUT DID YOU REMEMBER THESE?!?!”
And the Montagues were all like
Okay, so maybe I’m paraphrasing there, but that’s the basic idea.
The second one was the letter from act 2. This one was fairly easy, considering in the story, there is actually a part where Tybalt sends Romeo a violent letter…You know, before Romeo whacks Tybalt. So basically, I had to think like Tybalt, the most violent, homicidal character in the entire story. It came out like this:
June, 3, 1666
You have quite the nerve to show up to a Capulet gathering uninvited, not to mention your a MONTAGUE and our sworn enemy. Or did you forget this? It wouldn’t surprise me, considering that you Montague aren’t to bright to begin with. If it were up to me, you would’ve died right on the floor in Capulet mansion, but you were, unfortunately, at the mercy of my uncle. However, Romeo Montague, you better watch your back, and don’t be showing up at ANY Capulet gatherings. You may have gotten away with it once, but if you try it once more, it’ll take more than my uncle to hold me back, or to save your wretched life. I think you should acquire the skill to sleep with your eyes open. Or, better yet, don’t sleep, period. Whether you are asleep or awake, I see no difference in the outcome. Romeo Montague, consider this your warning
The Prince of Cats,
Pretty nice if you ask me. I don’t find it hard to portray a homicidal maniac. And I’m not quite sure if that’s something to be proud of.
Not that that’s out of the way, on to the hard part.
The entire experience of reading Romeo and Juliet has been something else. Mainly because we spent about 2 weeks just learning how to understand what the characters were saying. Once we figured out how to read, it was easy from there. This story certainly doesn’t dance around itself. It’s very straight forward and gets to the point…as long as Romeo and Juliet aren’t together. When they are, things can become pretty redundant.
J:I love you
R: I love YOU
J: But you’re a Montague
R: But I love you
J: and I you
R: But you’re a Capulet
J: I love you
SO yeah. However, this play can be very thought provoking (though usually the thoughts are “What did he just say? Did he just call her a “HO!”?) It really shows how to people can love each other and what ends they’ll go to just to be together