History Headscratchers / RomeoAndJuliet

25th Feb '18 8:54:33 PM nombretomado
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** Nobody heard them because the Nurse is on their side - a la ''ShakespeareInLove''. She could come up with something.

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** Nobody heard them because the Nurse is on their side - a la ''ShakespeareInLove''.''Film/ShakespeareInLove''. She could come up with something.
31st Jan '18 6:50:41 PM sugaricequeen
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* I once read a book called ''Saving Juliet'' that provided a detailed explanation for how the feud got started...Unfortunately, I don't have the book anymore, and I can't for the life of me recall what the explanation was.
14th Oct '17 6:51:37 AM fearlessnikki
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** And Juliet has just been betrothed to Paris. She is the Capulets' only daughter, and the marriage with Paris is supposed to secure an alliance. Sure these things fell through all the time, but because the bride to be married someone else behind her family's back is not the ideal reason.
12th May '17 3:27:28 PM fearlessnikki
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** Juliet has been promised to Paris. You have to realise that a marriage was a sacred thing back in Shakespeare's day. Promising a child in marriage was forming an alliance with someone powerful, to gain them as an ally. This kind of thing gets lots of preparation and planning. So if Juliet comes out and says she married someone else, it not only means those plans go to waste, but the entire family looks bad from a political point of view. Lord Capulet especially suddenly looks like a fool who can't control his daughter - who went off and got married behind his back. Her parents were probably hoping to gain power or favour by betrothing her to Paris, so her marrying Romeo means they won't get either.


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** Romeo was to stay in Mantua, where Juliet would eventually join him. He was going to persuade the Pope to pardon Romeo after the heat had died down. Then presumably he would return, with Juliet seemingly restored to life. Perhaps Romeo would have told a story of having found medicine that healed her sickness, thereby gaining favour with the Capulets. Or Lawrence would have them wait until their parents have died, and then they come back to unite the families.
22nd Mar '17 6:50:56 AM cdrood
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*** Pretty much all the reasons for DawsonCasting apply to stage productions. Things like work hours regulations, school requirements, acting experience, etc. are all still relevant for professional productions.
22nd Mar '17 6:39:43 AM cdrood
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**** Also the clergy at the time, usually being the most educated people around, tended to pull double duty.
5th Mar '17 7:29:39 PM jainasolo
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[[WMG: What was Friar Lawrence's plan?]]
*He says he's hoping that Romeo and Juliet's marriage will stop the feud, but how does he think that's going to happen if it's secret? Wouldn't them getting secretly married make the families angrier? What was he going to do if Juliet got pregnant? Didn't it occur to him that their parents would probably want to marry them off eventually?
2nd Mar '17 12:15:25 AM MadCormorant
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* If I recall correctly, one family was Guelfh and the other Ghibelline. They were on opposite sides of a power struggle between the pope and the Holy Roman emperor.

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* If I recall correctly, one family was Guelfh Guelph and the other Ghibelline. They were on opposite sides of a power struggle between the pope and the Holy Roman emperor.
2nd Mar '17 12:13:08 AM MadCormorant
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* If I recall correctly, one family was Guelf and the other Ghibelline. They were on opposite sides of a power struggle between the pope and the holy Roman emperor.

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* If I recall correctly, one family was Guelf Guelfh and the other Ghibelline. They were on opposite sides of a power struggle between the pope and the holy Holy Roman emperor.


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** Another critical point is raised given the above comment about hospitality: SacredHospitality. Even if Capulet was eager to do Romeo ill, it would've made him look VERY bad if a guest at his house came to harm by his own hand or his family's, which might give other families reasons to side with the Montagues in their ongoing feud. Hence why he's trying to hold Tybalt back.
11th Jan '17 7:28:16 PM nombretomado
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* [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes.]] Suicide by shooting in the heart is sufficiently uncommon for it to have been a plot twist in a LordPeterWimsey novel.

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* [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes.]] Suicide by shooting in the heart is sufficiently uncommon for it to have been a plot twist in a LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel.
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