shakespearean girls helping evil: juliet
Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
(juliet could fight evil, but she could also help it. imagine if the demon came to her as she sobbed over romeo’s body, cursing the two houses that killed him. we will bring him back, they whisper, and you shall get your revenge. juliet had never heard the word sound so sweet before, as sweet as a rose. what is the difference between revenge and justice, besides that damned name? hasn’t she learned that names mean nothing? no name, except romeo.
so she takes the dagger she would have used to quiet herself and uses it to make verona scream. down with the capulets, the montagues, the damned prince who would use her death as a parable. juliet isn’t a tragic tale to quiet your daughters with, not anymore. when verona lays in ruins at her feet, the demons give her a kiss. a kiss that will bring her romeo back. when she leans over her beloved, she is drenched in blood.
romeo, romeo, she whispers. i have made the world safe for you.)