Lucky Peer-V

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Peer had been living with Herr Gabriel a bit when he met the apothecary. As it so happened, the apothecary was itching to put on a production of Romeo and Juliet, in which, the apothecary’s daughter would make a perfect Juliet. It was noticed that Peer would make a lovely Romeo. The apothecary had to convince Madame Gabriel. He told her she would make a lovely Nurse.

It was Madame Gabriel’s job to convince, or “pump,” Herr Gabriel for permission to be in the play, which she secured. The play went on and all deemed it a success.

Meanwhile, the love inside of the story of Romeo and Juliet awakened a desire for love on Peer’s part. He thought of Miss Frandsen.

Observations

I am so tired of Romeo and Juliet. Yes, it’s a classic; we get it. It’s a love story; we get it. It’s a tragedy; we get it.

If you didn’t know, there are other stories like Romeo and Juliet in our world, some of them older than Shakespeare’s version. Generally, we refer to stories of this type as “star-crossed” lovers, because their love can never be, perhaps because their stars did not foretell it.

The story has been terribly overdone, everybody and their brother thinks it’s a requirement to do Romeo and Juliet, if they’re involved in theater. Can we get a new theater thing? How about A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which is actually funny or Once upon a Mattress, which is both a musical and funny, there’s also a love story in it as well.

There are only so many times you can watch or read a story about two teenage dorks who thought they were in love and ended up dying for it.

God: How did you die, my son.

Romeo: Well, I thought I was in love and I ended up killing myself.

God: You realize you were like fourteen, right?

Themes

This is the part of the story where Peer realizes there is such a thing as romantic love between two people. The story of Romeo and Juliet starts a stirring within Peer and I predict some other part of the story will deal with Peer trying to find love.

Meanwhile, Peer still lives in a crazy house. Madame still gives peer “punch” in the evenings. She’s a crass woman compared to other women of her status. Peer is learning both culture and crassness at his temporary home. It’s good to learn both, but if at all possible, we like to shield our children from it, at least a little bit.

Overall

What’s Peer going to pursue next?

Weigh In

Do you suppose Peer will find love in the future?

What did Herr Gabriel see in Madame Gabriel?

The Brave Tin Soldier

The Brave Tin SoldierThe Brave Tin Soldier

You may know this story as The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

Once upon a time a little boy received a new box of tin soldiers. They were all brothers because they had been made from the same piece of tin. They lived in a box, seventy-five of them together. The last soldier only had one leg because there wasn’t enough tin left to finish pouring him into the mold, but he stood firmly enough on his one leg.

At the place where he lived there were other toys. On a table there was a paper castle. There was a looking-glass on the table acting as a pond. Then there was the ballerina. She too stood on one leg. One leg reached so high into the air that the tin soldier could not see where it went. He thought that since they both stood on one leg he should talk to her, but a goblin in a box told him that he should hope for what he could not have.

At some point it was caused that the tin soldier was placed on a window sill, where he was knocked off and onto the ground three stories below. The little boy of the house and the maid looked for the tin soldier, but he had fallen down where no one could see and he was too proud to call out for help. They left leaving the tin solider behind.

Some other boys came along and spied the tin soldier. They thought he should have a boat. They made a paper boat for him and sent him sailing off down the gutter. The boat moved swiftly and eventually went under the road in a sort of tunnel. A rat there asked him for his passport, but he was going much too fast for the rat to catch him. The tin soldier came out the other side of the tunnel, but soon went over what appeared to him to be a waterfall. He sank. A fish swallowed him up.

The fish was caught and bought by the same house whence he had come. The cook chopped off the head of the fish and saw the tin soldier, the very same one that had been lost. For a while he sat on the table, but at one point the boy walked into the kitchen and cast the tin soldier into the fire. The ballerina looked his way and was caught up and also cast into the fire. There they both burned and melted. The next day the tin soldier had melted into the shape of a heart and all that was left of a ballerina was a flower.

The End

Observations

Hans was definitely emo. This story is just about as emo as you can get.

Tin is a very soft metal. It can be melted and shaped very easily. This is why the soldier melted so easily.

Themes

If you’re handicapped, look for someone else who is handicapped, because society won’t ever accept you…wait… that’s a terrible moral! Honestly, though, what other idea are you supposed to get from this story? Both the ballerina and the tin soldier had the misfortune to have the use of only one leg. Well, that just sucks. They would both understand the trials the other faced in life, but they never got to be together because of a goblin; in some of the stories it’s actually a Jack in a Box.

I think it’s really sad that they both died. We’ll never be together in life my love, but we can be together in death! That’s only the emo-est thing about this whole story. You know what, this is just weird-deformed-toy Romeo and Juliet. If there was a love story told in Sid’s house from The Toy Story, this would be it.

Overall

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though Romeo?
I’m over here, on the window sill…AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!
Oh Romeo!
Oh Romeo! You’re not dead!
Yeah, well, not yet, got a fire to jump into.
Oh, Romeo I can’t live without you!


Warm Bodies is Romeo and Juliet

warmromeoAs I was watching the movie of Warm Bodies I noticed something. That something was that Warm Bodies was basically Romeo and Juliet, with zombies. We’ll explore a few of the points that make it so. There are a few areas I want to address. These are names and character similarities,  feuding families, dreams, and key scenes.

Oh yeah…

WARNING!! SPOILERS!!! MOVIE SPOILERS!!! IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET DON’T READ THIS POST

Let’s dig right in with the first category.

Names and Character Similarities

Let’s list the two groups of main characters for each and compare them.

Warm Bodies

R-zombie love lead

Julie-human love lead

M-R’s best guy

Perry-Julie’s former love interest

Nora-Julie’s confidant, wants to be a nurse

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo-human love lead

Juliet-human love lead

Mercutio-Romeo’s best guy

Paris-Juliet’s promised man

Nurse-Juliet’s confidant and is a nurse

 

 

 

So, as you can see, there are a few similarities, primarily first initials.

Let’s start by comparing the two Rs, those would be R and Romeo. The thing is, they both start with R and what do they do? They fall in love with a girl whose name is Julie or Juliet. Both of these Rs are, in fact, attached to someone else before they meet Julie/Juliet. In Rs case he has a zombie wife and zombie kids. He never knows the zombie wife’s name. In Romeo’s case, he fawns over a woman named Rosaline. Rosaline never looks his way at all. In the case of R and his zombie wife, the zombie wife readily cheats on R when he starts dragging Julie around, but I guess that is pretty fair.

Then we have Julie and Juliet. Julie is the daughter of basically the city commander in the city where Julie and some other survivors live. He is very important. His number one enemy are the zombies. Julie actually takes it upon herself to call herself by her mother’s maiden name instead of her father’s name. Her mother’s maiden name is Cabernet. Juliet Capulet, Julie Cabernet, again, with the initials. Julie and Juliet are both a little willful. Both are attached to men before they meet their respective Rs. Julie is dating Perry and Juliet is being engaged to Paris. Both of these men are considered a catch to their respective families.

On to the Ms! M is R’s best friend. They spend time together. They talk about things, sort of. They go hunting together. R knows M’s quirks and M knows R’s quirks. Just like friends should be. In the case of Romeo, he spends his time with Mercutio. They go hang out together. They crash parties together. I think they’re actually related, I’m not ond-hundred percent sure on that answer though. Basically both sets of Ms and Rs are partners in debauchery.

On to the Ps! Perry is Julie’s boyfriend. They’ve been together for a couple of years, but Perry changes. He changes primarily when his father is killed in a construction accident. He actually muses on the fact that in a world full of zombies that his father got killed by something so mundane. He sort of becomes general Gregio’s right-hand man. He almost worships General Gregio, who is also Julie’s father. The same kind of situation is going on over in Romeo and Juliet world with Paris. Paris obviously respects Lord Capulet. He respects his opinions and he respects his family. Paris is also a well-respected member of society in Verona. When he asks for Juliet’s hand in marriage, the family is pretty much like, “Yeah, that’s pretty good.” Nurse even kind of gets the hots for him when talking to Juliet. He gets her fire going if you know what I mean.

On to the Ns! Nora is Julie’s best friend, but it wasn’t always this way. They tell each other everything. They go places together. Where one is, the other follows. Nora, at times, even performs this protective function to Julie. She even helps Julie sneak R into the city and dress him up as a real person. Now to mention the troubled past, Nora actually slept with Perry when she first came to the city, as in, Julie’s boyfriend Perry. Everybody made up though. Oh yeah, Nora wants to be a nurse. Nurse Nora. So let’s look at Nurse in the world of Shakespeare. Nurse takes care of Juliet. They confide in each other. Nurse helps Juliet sneak Romeo into her bedroom so they can have sex. Nurse also gets the hots for Paris.

Those are my character and name comparisons.

Feuding Families

In both cases, Warm Bodies and Romeo and Juliet, the families are basically at war. In Warm Bodies the reason for the war is kind of obvious. If one group of people is trying to eat another group of people they probably are going to be at war. In Romeo and Juliet, the reason the families are feuding is never given. Maybe someone looked at someone else funny one day and that set the whole thing off. I wasn’t there, nobody else was either, because it never happened.

History is full of feuding families. A couple of historical events come to mind that involved families basically at war with one another. I’m thinking firstly of the Hatfields and McCoys and secondly of something like the War of the Roses. In both instances pieces of families were going at it. They were killing each other. It’s the same in both of our stories. Each group killed the heck out of the other group. I do think Romeo’s group of people was a little more civilized than Rs group of people.

Yes, I do think the rest of the airport zombies are R’s family. They do things together. They live together. They eat together. They spend time together. They’re family. Sometimes they even fight with each other, just like a real family.

Dreams

Dreams are something that are mentioned in both tales. Romeo and Mercutio talk of dreams. A couple of them are even explained as I recall, but I wasn’t paying that much attention. In R and M’s cases, both of them begin to dream. In fact, both tales have mention of dreams in an orchard. There is mention of fruit trees both here and there. R hadn’t dreamt as a zombie, but he learned to dream as he became more human and so did M.

Dreaming is something some scientists consider that sets us apart from animals. We know that some animals dream. I don’t know what of, but we’ve all had a dog who whines in his sleep and acts like he is growling at something. It happens. Sometimes when you have this amazing, or really weird dream, you have to tell your friends. This is what happens in both tales. Both Rs and both Ms have some dreams and they tell each other about it. It’s part of their banter. Besides debauchery, they do actually talk about things.

Key Scenes

There are several scenes that happen in both tales. There is a standoff between the two Ps and the two Ms. There is a balcony scene between the two Rs and Js. There is a suicide scene in both tales. I’ll explain that in a bit. Lastly, there is a subsequent “make up” scene in both tales.

Let’s get to the standoff. The standoff occurs at different points in these two tales. In Romeo and Juliet, the standoff is at the very end. Romeo kills Paris. It’s not any different in Warm Bodies, with the exception of some timing. The standoff in this tale actually happens towards the beginning. It’s something of a catalyst for the rest of the story. R kills Perry. He eats Perry’s brain and tries to take his memories. More importantly, R takes Perry’s woman. This happens in both tales. The two Rs steal the two Ms girls.

Yes, that famous balcony scene exists in both tales. In both tales we find Rs below balconies trying to call up to their beloved Js. Romeo comes to tell Juliet that he loves her. He thinks she’s all that and a bag of chips. R comes to tell Julie that he misses her and maybe also that bonies want to kill everyone. I have no idea who they symbolize in terms of Romeo and Juliet. In both scenes R comes to Js’ bedrooms, which has a balcony for some reason. The Js are spoiled ok? They’re spoiled. I never had a balcony for men to profess their love for me under when I was growing up, not that any men would have been doing that. There probably would have just been some howling dogs or something down there. Both Rs are at their most eloquent moments. R has learned more speech, or rather remembered more speech. He comes to Julie and speaks in complete sentences. Romeo spouts of a bunch of crap about how Juliet is like the morning sun. For the record, I have never heard a teenager talk like that. I don’t think it’s actually possible, but this is Shakespeare we’re talking about. People didn’t talk normally when Shakespeare was around apparently.

Now, the suicide scene. We all know that Romeo and Juliet end up dead because they’re airheads. They kill themselves over puppy love. One chooses a dagger and the other poison. Idiots! Both of them! There are some eloquent words involved in their deaths. They both decide they cannot live without the other. It’s just not possible. There is no way. It’s the same for Warm Bodies, but our two characters actually live. You may be asking how there is a suicide scene if the characters live? Well let me explain…at one point, Julie and R are running away from all the people with guns. They end up on a high wall. They decide to jump. They will not be separated. R uses his half-dead body as a cushion for Julie. They jump off a wall that is like ten stories tall. They should be dead. Their act implies death. Anybody else would be dead, but Rs half dead body made it possible for both of them to live, well, sort of, for R.

Now after the two Rs and two Js commit suicide, sort of, the feuding families make up. They look at their differences and they say, “We’re really not so different.” They decide to get along. They decide to work together to rebuild what they torn down with their feud. The Capulets and Montagues decide to be buddies. The zombies and the people decide to try and help each other live.

Conclusion

This post took a lot of effort, but I think it was worth it. If we can’t see old stories repeated in out modern-day lives, we’re missing out on a lot of experiences. Isaac Marion basically re-wrote Romeo and Juliet with zombies. He re-wrote what some people consider to be the greatest love story of all time. He put a spin on it that would appeal to our youngsters these days. We all know, it’s all about the zombies. I still haven’t figured out why that is. Zombies are pervading our society, not actually pervading it, but in our media, zombies are everywhere. Let’s hope the real thing never comes to town.

#265 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo-and-JulietSummary:

This is my classic for the month, so nobody complain about that, alright? Ok, let’s get into this. There are a couple of reasons I read this book. One, was because I needed a classic for the month and what is more classic than Shakespeare? Two, I wanted to do a comparison between Warm Bodies and Romeo and Juliet, that’s on the way. I will admit, I have read this before. It’s been a while. I think I had to read it for a class or two in high school and in college. I am not a huge fan of Skakespeare. I do believe the man was gifted, if it was him who wrote these things in the first place. I do know there are some people who contend that Shakespeare did not in fact write everything attributed to him. I don’t know enough about the whole situation to say one way or the other, but it certainly is plausible. People have been stealing other people’s work since the dawn of time, pretty much.

So we all know what happens in this story. Two loser teenagers meet each other at a party, but their families are having a feud. You might better be able to equate this with the Hatfields and Mccoys rather than Shakespeare. I do believe there was actually something of a Romeo and Juliet situation in that whole feud, but I’ve forgotten exactly how it went. If you’re not familiar with what a feud is, I will tell you. Two groups of people decide to hate each other for some small reason. They often forget what the reason is while they are fighting and will defend this feud unto death. I actually recently watched a show about modern-day gypsies in the UK who still have feuds going on. They stage fights and people go to jail. Most of the time nobody is hurt too badly.

So these two loser teenagers meet at this party. They both have people they like before this party. Romeo is all, “Oh Rosaline, you’re such hot stuff, why won’t you look my way,” It actually reminds me of Rocko and Melba in the show Rocko’s Modern Life. I couldn’t find a Youtube video of this so you’ll just have to imagine. I couldn’t even find a picture of Rocko being all lovesick over Melba. Why wasn’t the internet more prevalent in those days? Oh well. Then we have Juliet who is promised to a man named Paris. Basically from what I can tell Paris is a pedophile. Juliet’s parents are kind of like, “I don’t know she’s so young. She’s only fourteen,” and Paris is all like, “Well, girls younger than her have been knocked up.” That pretty much settles the argument right there.

So they meet at this party and they instantly go gah-gah over each other. “Oh Romeo you’re the most awesome thing ever. It’s a good thing I’m imagining Leonardo DiCaprio in my head.” They make a plan to get married. Remember Juliet is fourteen, and stupid. Remember Romeo is also a teenager, and stupid. So they make this plan. They go to Friar Lawrence, I don’t think I spelled that right, and he marries them right up. No questions asked. There are no consent forms from parents. There are no legalities to worry about. This friar just marries two stupid teenagers without even thinking of repercussions. Nevermind, that this whole thing is set during a time when your children are your pawns. The more kids you have to marry to more wealthy families, the better off you are. Kids didn’t pick who they got to marry. I always find it interesting that in societies where arranged marriage is practiced, or was practiced, there was always a certain degree of infidelity that was just expected.

Romeo and Juliet are married for all of twenty minutes, well maybe more, when stuff starts to happen, bad stuff. Romeo gets in a fight. Tybalt kills Mercutio, who is Romeo’s friend, then Romeo kills Tybalt who is Juliet’s cousin. Needless to say, this doesn’t do a lot to help the ongoing feud. The prince, whoever that is, finds out and decrees that Romeo must be banished. Plans are made for Juliet to marry Paris, oh yeah that’s right, bigamy. Juliet is like, “No, I’m already married, I’ve been married for three hours, it’s not like this marriage could be annulled or anything.” So the nurse, the friar, and maybe a few other people, help Juliet and Romeo have sex. Then Romeo sneaks out the window when Juliet’s mom comes in her bedroom to tell her that she is going to be married of like a goat being sold at the auction in just a couple of days.

This causes a bunch of crazy planning to ensue. Romeo goes to Mantua and Juliet finds some sleeping potion that will make her appear as dead, must have been Ambien. So Juliet takes this potion and everybody thinks she is dead. Romeo comes back and also thinks she is dead because there were some wires crossed. He kills himself with some poison. Juliet wakes up and stabs herself with a knife. What a stupid teenager thing to do. After this, the two families make up with a scene that belongs in a corny Hallmark movie.

What I liked:  I like that Romeo and Juliet is a fairly short piece.

What I didn’t like: Let me explain something, teenagers are stupid. I’ve said it before and I will say it many more times. It’s not that I hate teenagers, because I don’t, it’s a scientific fact. Teenager brains aren’t developed enough to handle all the things going on with their bodies and their world at the same time. Because of this fact, teenagers do really stupid things. The part of their brain that says, “Hey this is probably a stupid idea. If you try to catapult yourself with this homemade device you’re just going to end up in a neck brace for six weeks,” doesn’t work yet, or rather, it doesn’t work fully. That’s exactly how Shakespeare, or whomever, came to write this tragedy about teenagers. See, teenagers were stupid, even back then. People have known this for a long time. If Shakespeare had written this about two thirty-somethings he wouldn’t have gotten the same amount of praise for this story. People would be obliged to feel sorry for two idiot teenagers who committed suicide over puppy love.

I don’t find Romeo and Juliet particularly romantic. It’s a story that has existed a long time. It existed way before Shakespeare ever put a quill to a piece of parchment. Romeo and Juliet stories are played out throughout the world constantly. The area where I grew up had its own Romeo and Juliet story, but it was about Sautee and Nacoochee. They both jumped off of Mount Yonah when their feuding tribes said they couldn’t be together. Does that sound familiar? I believe it does. They were supposedly buried in the Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound.

It’s not romantic. It’s stupid. I read this and I thought, “What a couple of idiots.” You don’t know anything when you’re fourteen years old. Everyone is stupid at fourteen, everyone. I was stupid when I was fourteen, you were stupid when you were fourteen. I look back every year of my life and think, “Boy, I sure was stupid last year.” When I look all the way back to age fourteen I think, “Whoa, I was really stupid back then.” Seriously, it’s not like you can’t find another man to marry. In fact, Juliet had another guy offering to marry her right there. From how the women in the story talked, he was actually kind of a catch. Sure, I guess it would be sad if your boyfriend committed suicide, but you have to move on, that doesn’t mean you jump off of a bridge after him. If he’s sissy enough to kill himself over something so trivial, then you probably didn’t need him anyway. What would’ve have happened if you had married him, had five kids, and then he lost his job? Where would you be? If he was going to pieces over being banished and then being hasty about things, where would you be with those five kids several years down the line? Think about it. You would probably be out in the gutter because Romeo had a nervous breakdown and jumped off a bridge leaving you with five kids to feed all by yourself.

Romeo was not this noble man to fight for and pine over. Juliet was a spoiled teenage girl, who was probably used to getting her way in everything. I guess they deserved each other.

I am not into reading plays or prose. I’ve actually tried to read the Illiad and I’ve never gotten very far. I am so glad it is not the fashion to write in prose these days.