O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? This is when our play is set so in theory Juliet should obey rules, but as we find out she does not always obey the times of the day just because she is a woman. In the play, Romeo compares Juliet to: the sun a jewel an angel his soul and probably lots of other things which I'm forgetting at the moment. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life. Quote: O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! But considering the film as a whole, one could certainly make the case that Mercutio is gay. The way William Shakespeare's plays were performed is unusual to today's standard but very usual in the 16th century. The evening hours holds all of the significant moments for Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is Impulsive, to the point of beingthoughtless, when he goes and off to kill Juliet's cousin Tybaltthe day of marrying Juliet, it wasn't the brightest move becausenow he is banished from Verona.
Juliet has a self-defined indenity, while Opheliaseems to be masking her indenity. This oxymoron reflects her conflicting emotions towards love and Romeo. The night provides privacy and place away from the public's prying eyes, where Romeo and Juliet's love can blossom. He reacts with pure emotion and instability as evidenced by his attempted suicide a few minutes later. This is all down to her meeting Romeo.
The film reminds us of what often seems to get left out of both historical and modern readings of Romeo and Juliet--the dark and the sexually different--even as it perhaps makes us aware that these readings only press that difference beneath the surface. Courtney Lehmann and Lisa S. That is, there are no characters whose identities are marked explicitly in the terms of difference by which we in the modern period negotiate race; certainly, no Othello or Aaron marks the seeming racial difference or whiteness of other characters in the play. Did my heart love till now? In contrast, Romeo kills himself because he believes Juliet dead, and then Juliet commits suicide because she finds Romeo really dead. For instance, he taunts Tybalt with sexual jokes. This is important, because later on in this scene they talk about marriage even though Juliet is so young. O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.
When good manners shall lie all in one or two men's hands, and they unwash'd too, 'tis a foul thing. The Capulets' ball is represented as a costumed affair, so Mercutio's performance there in drag may not seem to signify much. One result of this racist, so-called science was to associate homosexuality with blackness, a point confirmed by Ferguson, who shows how in the early part of the twentieth century sociological theories of minority sexual dysfunction were employed to justify the development of a capitalist ideology that favored white labor and production. Give me my sin again. Her innocence appears to be slipping as she is flirtatious and disregards expectations of herself. Women did not have equal rights, fathers had a lot more authority over their children and arranged marriages were still practiced. Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away? I, v, 43-46 Analysis: Romeo proclaims his infatuation for Juliet.
Thus, the movie privileges whiteness in at least two ways: one, by safely containing the black man and black desires within a gay body so that they pose no threat to a white woman such as Juliet; two, by containing the gay man within an imaginary, sexually exclusive identity that poses no threat to Romeo either. Many people can relate to the play as it still covers popular issues in modern society such as young love and violence between different groups of people. And you wonder why fathers go bald. New York: Lion Books, 1950 , the protagonist is introduced to homosexual love by a Frenchman who spent his youth in the West Indies. The actor may have been the best available to play the part or his reputation and following may have helped secure the film's finances or both. At the end of this scene Juliet shows more signs of developing her character.
At the very least, then, Romeo and Juliet reveals how thoroughly saturated with one another are our categories of race and sexuality, and how attempts to untangle them lead in multiple false directions. While her association with the moon thus signifies her loss of maidenhood, it is not entirely clear that after meeting Romeo, Juliet will ever again stand in the sunlight, much less in place of it. In other words, Mercutio's sexuality conditions our apprehension of his blackness, and vice versa. After this incident, all of the fighting had halted and the colossal party of the Capulets were making the last preparations to the event. And it does so in a context in which the purest and most compelling desire seems to be valorized as heterosexual and represented as white.
This shows his ability as a playwright was very good. On the one hand, in evoking the Ethiop Shakespeare himself reminds us explicitly of what would become--in the history of Western imperialism--a persistent contrasting of idealized desire figured as light or whiteness with racial others that is potentially though not inevitably racist. Colonialism and Homosexuality London: Routledge, 2003 , 148. They have made worms' meat of me! Indeed, Luhrmann seems to use the border figure Mercutio to mark a space between the Montagues and the Capulets as distinct ethnic types. I want to suggest, however, that future readings of the play that merely reproduce the play's contrasts of lightness and darkness uncritically may, in fact, energize something of the same racist imaginary Romeo does. It is one of Shakespeare's earlier tragedies and we can tell this because the protagonist is not completely to blame for his downfall because there are external influences such as fate and the family feud.
While growing up she is confused about where her loyalties lie, either with her family or her lover. This is a thesis I want to develop, but rather than consider Romeo and Juliet as figures defined by a specific history represented in Shakespeare's play itself, I want to examine how they emerge across the histories of the early modern and modern periods. There is no homosexual in The Tempest, of course, but the promise of pure, white marital alliance is defined in distinction to dark-skinned others whose sexuality is conceived as perverse. Correspondingly, I turn in the second half of the essay to Shakespeare's play, to tease out the possible racial and sexual meanings of the famous imagery of lightness and darkness. The film seems to represent a specific relationship between sexuality and race that, Richard Dyer suggests, is significant to the formation of white identity in the West. He wrote many plays including MacBeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It but Romeo and Juliet is one of his most popular tragedies. He used to say this kind of stuff about Rosaline.
This is not good for Juliet because she thought that she could depend on the nurse so this is just another blow it must fell like everything that can go wrong is. The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand. That Shakespeare fails to make race explicit in Romeo and Juliet if, in fact, that is the case , may simply suggest that he, too, intended to idealize love as a moral category in ways that could become--only through history--encoded white. To return to Shakespeare, it seems clear that race does not appear--indeed it cannot appear--in Romeo and Juliet in precisely the ways that we know it; still, discourses within the play necessarily become racialized within the context of our present knowing, so that the play signifies differently because of--indeed echoes--our racialized histories of desire. Russ McDonald Oxford: Blackwell, 2004 , 794-816, 797.
Not one with the Europeans in the play, native to the island that sometimes seems as if it is in the West Indies, Caliban's grotesque, fleshly character is naturalized in its association with the exotic island setting of the play. Therefore, forJuliet to even be considered as a wife, a huge dowry was likelyinvolved. Romeo will be physically dead shortly as well. The couple is married even though their families object. Throughout this essay, I am going analyse the transformation of Juliet. Light and Darkness One of the most often repeated image patterns in the play involves the interplay of light and darkness.