“Romeo can’t really be blamed for Ophelia’s death.”

Senior English major on a Shakespeare final. (via minininny)

WELL THEY’RE NOT WRONG

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How about this, though?

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[Editorial Note: This “theory” depends on believing the Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet take place contemporaneously. So, for the sake of argument, let’s all agree that the events of both plays occur in the Spring of 1517 (chosen because of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, and the Reformational threads that run through Hamlet).]

See, in the Second Quarto and First Folio versions of Romeo and Juliet, a[n extremely minor] character appears with Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio at the Capulet’s Party (where, if you recall, Romeo meets Juliet for the first time).

Like Hamlet's Horatio, this Horatio is full of well-worded philosophical advice. He tells Romeo “And to sink in it should you burden love, too great oppression for a tender thing.”

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Fig. 1 - Second Quarto Printing

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Fig. 2 - First Folio Printing

[The American Shakespeare Center’s Education Blog discusses the likely “real” reasons for Horatio’s presence]

Let’s imagine that Horatio has travelled down from Wittenberg (about 540 miles) to Verona for his Spring Break. He hears about some guys who like to party (because, let’s be honest, besides getting stabbed, partying is Mercutio’s main thing). So, he ends up crashing the Capulet’s ball with them.

He is then on the sidelines as Romeo and Juliet fall in love, Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt, Romeo gets banished, and both lovers are found dead in Juliet’s tomb.

This tragedy fresh in his mind, he returns to Wittenberg at the end of what has turned out to be a decidedly un-radical Spring Break and discovers that his bestie Prince Hamlet is leaving for Elsinore Castle because he’s just gotten news that his father, the King, is dead.

On the trip up (another ~375 miles), Horatio recounts the tragic romance he just witnessed in Verona. He advises (as he is wont to do) Hamlet not to mix love and revenge.

Hamlet takes Horatio’s advice to heart, breaking up with Ophelia so that he can focus is energy on discovering and punishing his father’s killer:

HAMLET
Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner
transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the
force of honesty can translate beauty into his
likeness: this was sometime a paradox, but now the
time gives it proof. I did love you once.

OPHELIA

Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.

HAMLET

You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot
so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it: I loved you not.

Ophelia - burdened by the perceived loss of Hamlet’s love and his murder of her father - goes mad and drowns herself.

You see, if Romeo had waited literally a minute and thirty seconds longer (31 iambic pentametrical lines) - he, Juliet, Ophelia (and possibly the rest of the Hamlet characters) would have made it.

* With thanks to roguebelle.

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Buncha fuckin nerds in this town.

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The Hamratiophelia Conspiracy Theory ftw

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hex-girlfriend:

i’m still pissed off about growing up

lesredshoes:

New Beginnings: New York City Ballet presents NEW BEGINNINGS on September 12, 2013. Filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zMCxmdkcRY

doctorsherlocklokison:

im-depressed-but-funny:

unsuccessfulmetalbenders:

i am literally the only person in my history class who has been turning in work consistently all year and i just got an email from my professor saying that if i’m not feeling up to it i dont have to bother writing the 18 page final paper he assigned i just have to not tell anybody god is real

For a while i thought you meant that you had to not tell people that god was real.

This is why punctuation was created

disowns:

honestly i hate when people try to sugar coat shit like if you don’t like me or don’t wanna hang or don’t wanna talk to me just fucking tell me don’t keep ignoring me and expect me to figure out the hint like that’s such a bitch ass move i’d rather hear it from you than be ignored 99% of the fucking time.

samati:

skeletales:

This is unexpectedly not about make-up haha

reblogged before it was even finished.

a-greek-goddess:

remember that girl you called fat?

she doesn’t care. at all. you don’t matter to her.

imagine that

Honestly I just want to get this out because of how frustrated I am. Basically, at my orientation for school we had a discussion about campus rules/security and ultimately policies on things like drugs, alcohol, and sex. I happened to be sitting next to 4 extremely immature boys at this time making jokes and laughing the entire time about sexism and rape. Saying things like sexism is quote unquote awesome and rape is often what women say happen to them even when it doesn’t (that they’re being dramatic). This was one thing (easy for me to brush off as four teenage boys trying to be accepted by each other by saying whatever they thought would make them fit in with the rest of them) but to be honest what really got to me was the fact that other guys (in the crowd) would look back and laugh at jokes these boys made and at one point during an open Q & A, after talking about their no tolerance policy of such things, a guy asked, “What about girls who cry wolf?”. Which AS THE PATRIARCHY IS A DISGUSTING THING TO EVEN THINK LET ALONE SAY TO YOUR FRIENDS LET ALONE SAY TO A CROWD OF PEOPLE INCLUDING WOMEN. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on writing about this I just haven’t been able to get it off my mind for days. It’s one thing to hear about 50 year old white men on Fox News buying into rape culture and another to hear 18 year old boys (people in OUR GENERATION) say these things. To be honest, I feel bad for them that they grew up to believe this and I feel bad for the girls who will date them competely unknowing of the kind of people they are.

As if I needed any more reason to need feminism.

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theatreaficionado:

This is the greatest thing I have ever seen: Elaine Stritch visits the first graders of PS 212 and sings Sondheim to them.

chromolume:

You should keep this in mind everyday, but if there was ever a day to especially remember it…