the accuracy hurts.
I feel that anyone who believes Romeo & Juliet is about some kind of Great and Timeless Love TM* needs to see this.
WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS TODAY IN MY SHAKESPEARE CLASS.
If you go and actually read what Romeo says to Benvolio in the first scene, you will realize that he is only upset because HE WANTED ROSALINE’S BODY AND SHE SAID NO AND SO ROMEO WAS MOPING AND PITCHING A FIT ABOUT IT. Then, the second he lays eyes on Juliet, he’s basically saying
During the balcony scene, Romeo talks about how he scaled the wall of the garden to see Juliet. That is not romantic. That is disrespectful to her. This is a private area of the Capulet home, and Capulet built the wall around it to protect his daughter. This was a time when a woman’s virtue was the most important thing she owned. If Juliet was found with a man in this very private part of her home, everyone would think she was no longer a virgin, her reputation would be ruined, and it would be much harder, if not impossible, for her father to make a good marriage.
Speaking of good marriages, Count Paris is seen as the bad guy because he “comes between” Romeo and Juliet. Capulet had arranged for Paris to marry Juliet in 2 years time, when she would be 16, in a time when most women were already married and mothers by the time they were Juliet’s age at (almost but not quite) 14. Most fathers would have already had their daughters married by now, but he wants to wait two more years AND PARIS IS OKAY WITH THAT. Not only that, but Paris is young (her father could have had her married to a 60 year old man), titled (he’s a fucking Count), wealthy (again, he’s a count, which means Juliet will have financial stability), and, from what we see of him, he is a very good guy. Capulet could have done a LOT worse in choosing his son-in-law.
Finally, here’s something to consider: Juliet was 13, Romeo was 17. Their relationship lasted 3 days, defied their parents, and ended in the deaths of 6 people.
If I ever hear you say that Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story ever told, I will bitch slap you.
That is all.
THANK YOU! SOMEBODY FINALLY PUT IT IN WORDS FOR ME
Molly and her shades (Taken with Instagram)
Can we just stop and appreciate Nicki Minaj’s face for a moment. She looks genuinely very concerned for Josh here, like she thinks he was actually in an arena full of kids trying to kill him, and is confused as to why no one else finds this as shocking as she does.
What do you expect? People from the Capitol just don’t understand.
People from the Capitol just don’t understand.
So here’s the setting: It’s raining outside and I have a classroom of 11 students ages 5-8 who are only two days into the school year and are extremely restless. So I come up a game I like to call “Name That Animal”. It’s pretty straight-forward. I hand everyone a slip of paper with the name of an animal on it. The student then has to get up in front of the class and describe the animal without saying it’s name. The first student to guess correctly wins a point. Pretty easy, right? Well, after what seems like 10,000 rounds later, I no longer have any idea what animals I have handed out and am struggling to think of more animals that they will know. One of my six year old boys starts to beg me to go first this round, and I oblige because he seems so excited. As I start to try and remember what animal I gave him he gets up in front of everyone and says, in his loudest voice, “It has really big….testicles!”
I just stared at him. I must have looked furious too because he quickly rattled on saying, “What? That’s what they’re called! You know, they’re big and they hang down from them!”
At this point I was getting up to go have a serious talk with him when he says, “You know! They’re long and they sting people!”
I paused for a second and then it came to me what animal I had given him. “Honey, do have jellyfish?” He sighs and says “Yeah, Ms. Katie, but you just told everyone!”. Being the responsible (and relieved) teacher I said, “Sweetie, the word you are looking for is tentacles.” He paused and said, “Then what’re tes-” “No! No, no. You’re going to have to ask your parents about that word. It’s not an appropriate word,and we can’t use it in the classroom.”
After he realized it was a ‘bad’ word he was overly apologetic. I then had to call someone to come to my room so that I could leave and not laugh hysterically in front of them all.
So, here’s the gist. I work at a pre-school where I am a floater(which means I go around to different classrooms and assist) in the morning, and in the afternoon I run the after school care classroom for the students from kindergarten-2nd grade. So yes, a lot of things I post on here will be about the things that they tell me that I find amusing. So here’s your first story.This happened today, actually.
Another teacher was asking to see a picture of my wedding dress that I just bought. While I was getting out the picture to show her one of my six year old boys asks, “So, you’re married now?”. I explain to him that no I’m not married, I’ve only bought the dress that I will wear when I get married. Quite some time later, I was helping him with his homework when he says, “I know something!”. Assuming it had to do with his homework I asked, “What?” He pokes my stomach and says, “You’re going to have a baby!”. Of course now the rest of the children in my classroom are all in tizzy asking me when I am going to have my baby, what I’m going to name it, and if it will be a boy or a girl. It took me a while to get across to them that I am, in fact, not going to be having a baby. They were very disappointed and my same little boys say, “But you bought your dress. Aren’t you going to have a baby now?”.
While it nearly gave me a heart attack, I found his assessment of my life to be adorable. Most of my after-school students have the same ideas about growing up. In their head it’s all: BAM! Adulthood, BAM! Married, BAM! Baby! Several months ago I had a six year old girl ask me if I was an adult. When I explained to her that I am, she then proceeded to ask me where my baby was and why wasn’t I home with it?
Dinosaurs. Of course.