History YMMV / RomeoAndJuliet

12th May '18 9:22:31 AM Universalist
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* AdaptationDisplacement: though Shakespeare's play is the most famous version of the story, variations on it existed prior to said play. See also OlderThanTheyThink below.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: though Though Shakespeare's play is the most famous version of the story, variations on it existed prior to said play. See also OlderThanTheyThink below.
5th Feb '18 3:27:42 PM Michael_McManus
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** Mercutio's and Romeo's FamousLastWords - respectively "A plague o' both your houses," and "Thus, with a kiss, I die."

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** Mercutio's and Romeo's FamousLastWords - respectively "A plague plauge o' both your houses," and Romeo's FamousLastWords "Thus, with a kiss, I die."
31st Jan '18 4:04:27 PM Michael_McManus
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Several.
** Mercutio, who has all the good lines in the early part of the play, making it more jolting when he's killed.
** Arguably, Benvolio too, who seems to have found some standing amongst young people who value sanity over romance.
** On a similar note, the Friar. In his first appearance, he scolds Romeo for falling for a girl he just met, while completely forgetting about the girl he was talking about two days ago. In his next appearance, he [[QuitYourWhining calls out]] Romeo for [[{{Wangst}} whining]], and tells him to suck it up and look on the bright side.
** The Nurse is also a well-liked character with some great lines. Doubly so if the actress playing her is a LargeHam. Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Edna May Oliver turned down a chance to star in ''Show Boat'' just to play the Nurse in a film.
** Rosaline gets a lot of focus in academic circles and various adaptions/expansions of the story, especially for a character that doesn't even appear in person and is only mentioned a handful of times. Like Benvolio this is partly because a lot of the more sensible fans latch onto her and find her an interesting foil to Juliet.
** Tybalt is one of Shakespeare's most famous villains. Pretty impressive, since he's only got 17 lines across 3 scenes.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Several.
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Mercutio, who has all the good lines in the early part of the play, making it more jolting when he's killed.
** Arguably, Benvolio too, who seems to have found some standing amongst young people who value sanity over romance.
** On a similar note, the Friar. In his first appearance, he scolds Romeo for falling for a girl he just met, while completely forgetting about the girl he was talking about two days ago. In his next appearance, he [[QuitYourWhining calls out]] Romeo for [[{{Wangst}} whining]], and tells him to suck it up and look on the bright side.
** The Nurse is also a well-liked character with some great lines. Doubly so if the actress playing her is a LargeHam. Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Edna May Oliver turned down a chance to star in ''Show Boat'' just to play the Nurse in a film.
** Rosaline gets a lot of focus in academic circles and various adaptions/expansions of the story, especially for a character that doesn't even appear in person and is only mentioned a handful of times. Like Benvolio this is partly because a lot of the more sensible fans latch onto her and find her an interesting foil to Juliet.
** Tybalt is one of Shakespeare's most famous villains. Pretty impressive, since he's only got 17 lines across 3 scenes.
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* IdiotPlot: Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, Capulet, Juliet, Balthazar and Paris make some ''very'' bad decisions in this play. It might actually be more convenient to list the characters who ''aren't'' TooDumbToLive.

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* IdiotPlot: Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, Capulet, Juliet, Balthazar and Paris make some ''very'' bad decisions in this play. It might actually be more convenient to list the characters who ''aren't'' TooDumbToLive.
31st Jan '18 3:03:00 PM Michael_McManus
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** Strangely for such a minor character, both fanfictions and published adaptations have portrayed Valentine as an agoraphobic recluse, both to justify his absence at the Capulet party and make him a [[SiblingYinYang counterpoint]] to Mercutio.

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** Strangely Strangely, for such a minor character, character who doesn't even appear in the play, both fanfictions and published adaptations have portrayed Valentine as an agoraphobic recluse, both to justify his absence at the Capulet party and make him a [[SiblingYinYang counterpoint]] to Mercutio.



* FanPreferredCouple: Benvolio/Rosaline is easily the biggest ship even though the two never interacted throughout the play. It has spawned numerous unofficial spin-offs, including: Prince of Shadows, Still Star-Crossed, Rosaline's Ex, After Juliet. Benvolio/Mercutio follows closely behind despite never really being implied in the text. Mercutio/Romeo also has a fanbase because of their HoYay, but Romeo being infatuated with Juliet puts a stopper on this popularity.

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* FanPreferredCouple: Benvolio/Rosaline is easily the biggest ship even though the two never interacted throughout the play.play (and Rosaline ''[[TheGhost doesn't even appear]]''). It has spawned numerous unofficial spin-offs, including: Prince of Shadows, Still Star-Crossed, Rosaline's Ex, After Juliet. Benvolio/Mercutio follows closely behind despite never really being implied in the text. Mercutio/Romeo also has a fanbase because of their HoYay, but Romeo being infatuated with Juliet puts a stopper on this popularity.
27th Jan '18 6:42:42 PM Michael_McManus
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* MemeticMutation: "Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow." This line is widely used and quoted to express a pair of lovers have to leave each other.

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* MemeticMutation: The balcony scene has some of the most famous lines in the English canon, including "Wherefore art thou Romeo?", "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," "What light through yonder window breaks?" and "Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow." This last line is widely used and quoted to express a pair of lovers have to leave each other.other.
** Mercutio's and Romeo's FamousLastWords - respectively "A plague o' both your houses," and "Thus, with a kiss, I die."



* SignatureScene: The balcony scene is the most often quoted, referenced and parodied scene in Shakespeare's plays. Say "what light through yonder window breaks" and 99% of people will get the reference at once.

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* SignatureScene: At least four.
** The Queen Mab speech.
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The balcony scene is one of the most often quoted, referenced and parodied scene scenes in any of Shakespeare's plays. Say "what light through yonder window breaks" and 99% of people will get the reference at once.once.
** The street fight that ends in the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt.
** Romeo and Juliet committing suicide.
12th Dec '17 2:30:23 AM Michael_McManus
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* ItWasHisSled: The titular couple die at the end. This play is more this trope than the TropeNamer, being OlderThanPrint

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* ItWasHisSled: Mercutio dies. The titular couple die dying at the end. This play is more end [[SubvertedTrope isn't]] this trope than - it's a ForegoneConclusion stated in the TropeNamer, being OlderThanPrintprologue.
21st Nov '17 1:46:28 AM Michael_McManus
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** Tybalt is one of Shakespeare's most famous villains. Pretty impressive, since he's only got 17 lines across 3 scenes.
25th Sep '17 12:12:58 AM papyru30
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** Though it should be noted that the original script doesn't specify who he was trying to stab just that Mercutio was stabbed under Romeo's arm.
11th Sep '17 9:09:01 AM SteveMB
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** On a similar note, the Friar. In his first appearance, he scolds Romeo for falling for a girl he just met, while completely forgetting about the girl he was talking about two days ago. In his next appearance, he calls out Romeo for [[{{Wangst}} whining]], and tells him to suck it up and look on the bright side.

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** On a similar note, the Friar. In his first appearance, he scolds Romeo for falling for a girl he just met, while completely forgetting about the girl he was talking about two days ago. In his next appearance, he [[QuitYourWhining calls out out]] Romeo for [[{{Wangst}} whining]], and tells him to suck it up and look on the bright side.
12th Jul '17 1:29:42 AM CharlesPhipps
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*** Although it's important to keep in mind that a lot of the talk about Juliet's marriage was ''meant'' to come off as awful, especially all that jazz about how thirteen-year-olds having babies is awesome. Elizabethans knew darn well that younger than she happy mothers are ''not'' made, even without the benefit of modern medicine. Girls of Juliet's high social status certainly married that young for economic or political reasons (see below), but it would have been considered at the very least stupid if not immoral to actually consummate the marriage before a few years had passed.

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*** Although it's important to keep in mind that a lot of the talk about Juliet's marriage was ''meant'' to come off as awful, especially all that jazz about how thirteen-year-olds having babies is awesome. Elizabethans knew darn well that younger than she happy mothers are ''not'' made, even without the benefit of modern medicine. Girls of Juliet's high social status certainly married that young for economic or political reasons (see below), but it would have been considered at the very least stupid if not immoral to actually consummate the marriage before a few years had passed. Hell, it's also ''in the text'' as Juliet's father is really off-put by Paris' desire to marry Juliet and says they should wait a couple of years at least.
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