CARRY ON COUNTDOWN DAY 2: Alternative universe!
I did a Romeo and Juliette au bc i could. And im very happy that i did.
This drawing feels very special to me for several reasons:
1: im proud of it.
2: this took me 17 hours of working nonstop for basically three days
3: it has filled me with incredible joy to have created this, therefore it must be special
I dont post on here a lot but i feel like a special drawing deserves an excpetion.. also most of the carry on fandom is here and not my main social media which is instagram soo..
Yeet i guess. Ive kind of run out of words after the incredible wordvommit i spilled on ig. It literally told me that my caption was too long😅
OH! Almost forgot. This is the painting its heavily inspired from:
romeo montague is more than a character to me he is my boyfriend
“romeo and juliet were just dumb horny kids; they didn’t REALLY love each other” L + ratio + their first conversation forms a sonnet + they are both traumatized and seeking gentleness wherever they can get it + teenagers can have deep and important emotions too + your high school english teacher is not gonna resign because you didn’t like the play
Pretty upsetting that in this day and age “Romeo and Juliet set in Nazi Germany” is something a U.K. theatre troupe has deemed acceptable to put onstage.
What makes it even worse is the decision to make the Montagues, generally viewed as the more reasonable and less archaic family of the two, fucking Nazis. Romeo is Hitler’s Youth. Juliet is a Jewish girl. Juliet, a child who is offered up as a child-bride to a much older man for financial benefit, is being portrayed as Jewish.
And that’s before you even touch the new subtext of Romeo killing Tybalt. There is no way to depict Tybalt’s death as a terrible accident when the character killing him is a Nazi and Tybalt is Jewish.
I’m disgusted. I hope they reconsider this disgusting production.
"Romeo and Juliets romance is just so unrealistic! It's not what a romance is like in MY experience!"
Oh? Oh really? You, adult living in 2022, you never went to a fancy Venetian masquerade in the 1590s and met a mysterious stranger and then your first conversation spontaneously forms a perfect sonnet? That's not a totally relatable experience for you?
Is Macbeth unrealistic because of the witches? Is Midsummer unrealistic because of the love potion?
Like, there's no explicit magic in Romeo and Juliet, but it still exists in a heightened reality, and overlooking the role that language plays within the text itself kneecaps your analysis of the intent.
When we hear of Romeo, his dad and friends are discussing his recent sad mood- he's upset because the girl he likes has no interest in him. His friends try to distract him from it with a party, but dont really seem to...connect with or fully empathize with his sadness. When we first hear of Juliet, her father and Paris are planning her marriage (without her input.) They are both talked about but not really listened to. The way they are spoken about isolates them from others.
Then they meet, and with no knowledge of each other, not even their names, they click into perfect rhythm. They finish each other rhymes. They form perfect ABAB quatrains in conversation, their sentences form a rhyming *couplet* at the end.
You know the song Ana sings with Hans in Frozen? Love is an open door? We finish each others- Sandwiches? Yeah- it's riffing on this. The idea that you meet someone perfect and right away your souls can make poetry together. The immediate intimacy of being so in sync that your introduction is a love poem.
I don't know, yall. Romeo and Juliet isn't a gritty hyper-realistic Oscar nominated docu-drama. It teters on the edge of fairy tale and myth, it leans on its language to convey deeper emotional truths that a 5 act play doesn't have the time to develop as deeply as we, in our world of movie montages and long form TV, are more accustomed to. This isn't a slow burn, pining, enemies to friends to lovers. It's soul mates love at first sight, and when you accept that, the play can get on with the business of saying what it wants to say about hate and the cycle of violence and social rules and decorum and how grudges and blood fueds can destroy the magic in the world if we let it.
"It doesn't matter if they are really in love. They should be allowed to be stupid hormonal teenagers without dying" I see many people say, and while I think that sentiment is true, I DO think it matters that they are in love. I think it matters that their meeting sparks a sonnet, and that poetry is snuffed out by the violence around them.
I think it matters that what they had wasn't an arranged marriage or a "good match" made by approving friends- that it was spontaneous and instant and inexplicable, but that the world couldn't let that be because it defied all the rules. Because it wasn't set up by parents and wasn't politically convenient, because it wasn't part of a proper, prolonged courtship with chaperones and social approval- it was love and poetry that defied all of that and so it was snuffed out. That they are pushed to such extremes not just by the killings, but by Juliets impending engagement to Paris, they have to act now because their love doesnt fit into the proper pattern set out by society- I think that matters.
yuan yuan tan photographed performing as juliet in helgi tomasson’s romeo and juliet by sf ballet archives
William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko photographed performing as the title roles in Kenneth Macmillan's Romeo & Juliet by Foteini Christofilopoulou | by afrisballetx
Romeo and Juliet surviving, running away together and realizing a few hours in that they have nothing to talk about is absolutely what shakespeare would have wanted
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