13: On the bigger picture it’s more about the two families realising that their petty squabbles caused their two mentally challenged children to kill themselves, and on the even bigger picture those two families are a reference to political entities in general, and the general population being mentally challenged teenagers.
Like what 15 said, in the direct literary classification, it’s a tragedy. I view it as a comedy though, personally.
Many scholars view “Romeo and Juliet” as a comedy. It certainly reads that way, as though Shakespeare is mocking them. A teen boy who is madly in love with one girl, then falls head over heals in love with one he just met, both are overly dramatic and hatch out some dumb suicide plot to be together after only knowing each other for a few days? I understand teens not getting the funny, since they are likely to get swept up in something ridiculous as well (hopefully sans suicide). What adult looks at two kids “in love” and doesn’t snicker about it, since we all know how those middle school/high school romances work out, yet they’re so serious? Then take that romance and put it on steroids…funny!
Adults are a little dense if they don’t get the humor there, and it’s ridiculous that most people consider it a tragedy. It’s like taking The Hangover seriously.
^ It has to do with the theatrical definitions of “Comedy” and “Tragedy”. See, in theater, a comedy is when the protagonist wins, and a tragedy is when either the antagonist wins or the protagonist dies.
However, in real life, a comedy is when you fall off a cliff and die, and a tragedy is when I have a hangnail (that’s a George Carlin line, so give him the credit).
After reading through this thread, the only real quality piece of information that I gleaned is that Christina T is an open-legged whore. I guess we really DO learn something new every day. Who’dathunkit?
What I got from this was that there are people in existence who take a 16th century script and attempt to adequately contextualise it from the 21st century.
I was more than a bit disappoint that none of our Worthy Lamebook Scholars didn’t suggest that jules should have just texted her cunning plan to romeo. Like, OMG.
Romeo and Juliet is a black tragi-comedy, which is partly an inversion of the Petrarchan courtly love tradition, juxtaposing the farcical fuck up of the elopement/double suicide with the idealised concept of dying of a broken heart after rejection.
The concept of being ‘star crossed’ is subtly mocked, as the stupidity and misadventure of the two lovers is put down to ‘fate’.
The ending in which the families realise that their differences have ’caused’ the deaths of their children is itself farcical, because the double suicide was itself unintentional and the result of highly-strung teens being unable to plan a decent escape.
As such, by the end of the play, several people are dead and a dispute has potentially been resolved for all the wrong reasons. The only conclusion to be reached is the beautiful realisation that life fucks with people, and will fuck with you.
I imagine this is ringing especially true with MsAnneThrope who appears to be seriously emotionally damaged.