History HoYay / WilliamShakespeare

11th Mar '17 4:06:28 PM nombretomado
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** Hermia and Helena in AMidsummerNightsDream, for instance. It has all the trappings of a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. "I evermore did love you, Hermia"...

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** Hermia and Helena in AMidsummerNightsDream, ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', for instance. It has all the trappings of a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. "I evermore did love you, Hermia"...
9th Feb '17 9:42:09 AM RubyVisiblyShaken
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* William "ZerothLawOfTropeExamples" [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare.]] "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" wasn't written about a woman, you know. Several of his plays also have a male character wooing a female character who is [[RecursiveCrossdressing both ''played'' by a man (often young men or boys whose voices haven't changed yet) and ''disguised'' as a man]]. End result: Two men on stage making out. ThatOtherWiki suggests that it might have been a [[OlderThanSteam very early]] form of {{Fanservice}}.

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* William "ZerothLawOfTropeExamples" [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare.]] Shakespeare. "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" wasn't written about a woman, you know. Several of his plays also have a male character wooing a female character who is [[RecursiveCrossdressing both ''played'' by a man (often young men or boys whose voices haven't changed yet) and ''disguised'' as a man]]. End result: Two men on stage making out. ThatOtherWiki suggests that it might have been a [[OlderThanSteam very early]] form of {{Fanservice}}.
9th Feb '17 8:34:41 AM RubyVisiblyShaken
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* William "ZerothLawOfTropeExamples" Creator/WilliamShakespeare. "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" wasn't written about a woman, you know. Several of his plays also have a male character wooing a female character who is [[RecursiveCrossdressing both ''played'' by a man (often young men or boys whose voices haven't changed yet) and ''disguised'' as a man]]. End result: Two men on stage making out. ThatOtherWiki suggests that it might have been a [[OlderThanSteam very early]] form of {{Fanservice}}.

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* William "ZerothLawOfTropeExamples" Creator/WilliamShakespeare. [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare.]] "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" wasn't written about a woman, you know. Several of his plays also have a male character wooing a female character who is [[RecursiveCrossdressing both ''played'' by a man (often young men or boys whose voices haven't changed yet) and ''disguised'' as a man]]. End result: Two men on stage making out. ThatOtherWiki suggests that it might have been a [[OlderThanSteam very early]] form of {{Fanservice}}.
16th Jan '17 6:37:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* And let us not ignore the LesYay in certain plays, especially the extreme closeness between Cleopatra and her handmaidens or Rosalind and Celia in ''AsYouLikeIt''. And "But yet I cannot love him" Olivia in Twelfth Night. Once you start looking, the LesYay is everywhere!

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* And let us not ignore the LesYay in certain plays, especially the extreme closeness between Cleopatra and her handmaidens or Rosalind and Celia in ''AsYouLikeIt''.''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''. And "But yet I cannot love him" Olivia in Twelfth Night. Once you start looking, the LesYay is everywhere!
27th May '16 11:30:38 PM Kuruni
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** This troper once saw a production where Horatio was played by a woman (but was still referred to as a man and with male pronouns). The director apparently took this as an excuse to make the HoYay [[OfficialCouple canon]]. Nary a moment were the two onstage together that they weren't touching.
** This troper saw a production where Horatio, never mind being played by a woman, was a woman. Who had a crush on Hamlet.



*** Also note that "purse" was a vaginal euphemism.



** The BBC Shakespeare version, it should be said, has Aufidius give this speech while putting his hand under Coriolanus' shirt and basically getting to second base.
** This Troper saw a version performed where Aufidius and Coriolanus ''kissed''.

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** The BBC Shakespeare version, it should be said, version has Aufidius give this speech while putting his hand under Coriolanus' shirt and basically getting to second base.
** This Troper saw a version performed where Aufidius and Coriolanus ''kissed''.
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** This troper studied ''AsYouLikeIt'' in a queer writing course. It's not only very, very intentional LesYay, it's also one of the UrExamples of queer subtext, and writers like Oscar Wilde drop references to it and other Shakespearean plays when they want to imply homosexual desire in their own works.



*** Speaking of Midsummer, ''someone'' has to have speculated about Oberon and Puck. And while we're at it, Titania and her now deceased handmaiden, who birthed the human child that provokes the fight between the two of them.
*** This troper's representation of A Midsummer Night's Dream featured a RunningGag of Titania asking her husband exactly ''why'' he wanted her ward so much that he was fighting with her over him. It included a lot of pointing out just how hot the actress looked in her Stripperiffic costume.
7th Apr '16 4:47:39 PM Angel4Mii
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* In {{Coriolanus}}, the title character betrays Rome to join with an invading army led by Aufidius. Aufidius's reaction can be paraphrased as "I love my wife, but this makes me happier than I was on my wedding day."

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* In {{Coriolanus}}, {{Theatre/Coriolanus}}, the title character betrays Rome to join with an invading army led by Aufidius. Aufidius's reaction can be paraphrased as "I love my wife, but this makes me happier than I was on my wedding day."
7th Apr '16 4:44:38 PM Angel4Mii
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* In ''Coriolanus'', the title character betrays Rome to join with an invading army led by Aufidius. Aufidius's reaction can be paraphrased as "I love my wife, but this makes me happier than I was on my wedding day."

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* In ''Coriolanus'', {{Coriolanus}}, the title character betrays Rome to join with an invading army led by Aufidius. Aufidius's reaction can be paraphrased as "I love my wife, but this makes me happier than I was on my wedding day."
1st Oct '15 3:34:33 PM LondonKdS
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* In ''Theatre/TroilusAndCressida'', there are multiple hints at Achilles and Patroclus being in a sexual relationship. They always enter and exit scenes together, share a tent, and Achilles even mentioned that "Of this my privacy I have strong reasons" when Ulysses mentions him staying in his tent instead of fighting. There is a direct reference to a sexual relationship between Achilles and Patroclus in this exchange between Patroclus and Thersites:

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* In ''Theatre/TroilusAndCressida'', there are multiple hints at Achilles and Patroclus being in a [[LoverAndBeloved sexual relationship.relationship]]. They always enter and exit scenes together, share a tent, and Achilles even mentioned that "Of this my privacy I have strong reasons" when Ulysses mentions him staying in his tent instead of fighting. There is a direct reference to a sexual relationship between Achilles and Patroclus in this exchange between Patroclus and Thersites:
13th Mar '15 7:52:54 AM IncreaseBlue
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** Even the scarcity of Tybalt/Mercutio evidence is arguable. When Mercutio first describes Tybalt, his speech is falsely admirative and as custom for Shakespeare, completely [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence innuendo-laden]]. The best line would be "More than prince of cats, I can tell you". The innuendo relating to the word [[CountryMatters "cat"]] dates even back to then, so it can be interpreted as Mercutio implying Tybalt's interests extend beyond women.

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** Even the scarcity of Tybalt/Mercutio evidence is arguable. When Mercutio first describes Tybalt, his speech is falsely admirative and as custom for Shakespeare, completely [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence innuendo-laden]]. The best line would be "More than prince of cats, I can tell you". The innuendo relating to the word [[CountryMatters "cat"]] dates even back to then, so it can be interpreted as Mercutio implying Tybalt's interests extend beyond women. There's also this entire exchange, which to modern ears is simply hilarious. Of course, which parts are intentional double entendres and which suffer from a case of HaveAGayOldTime is very debatable:
---->'''Mercutio''': And but a word with one of us ? Couple it with something. Make it a word and a blow.
---->'''Tybalt''': You shall find me apt enough to that, sir, an you will give me occasion.
---->'''Mercutio''': Could you not take some occasion without giving ?
---->'''Tybalt''': Mercutio, thou consort'st with Romeo.
19th Feb '15 2:15:34 PM IncreaseBlue
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** It's also fair to note the [[RedOniBlueOni Mercutio/Benvolio]] subtext.

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** Within the original text, the whole "Nay, good goose, bite not" exchange comes across as incredibly flirtatious. Playful ear biting and banter aside, the conversation revolves around Romeo's penis. And of course, there is [[TalkativeLoon Mercutio's]] Queen Mab speech. It is Romeo's love and melancholy towards Rosaline which prompts Mercutio's cynical and somewhat unhinged rant, so it is easy to interpret his feelings as jealousy.
** It's also fair to note the [[RedOniBlueOni Mercutio/Benvolio]] subtext. After all, Benvolio disappears from the play completely after Mercutio's death. While most adaptations show Mercutio dying in Romeo's arms, in Shakespeare's text, he dies offstage by Benvolio's side.
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