ONE BAG, ONE STORY
FROM THE FALL- WINTER COLLECTION 2015-2016
THE BAG : JULIET
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So, for a flaming autumn choose the bag JULIET! It will be your ally in the fall- winter season. What is winter without a touch of red? The color of love and passion that adds warmth to the cold weather and turns on the grey city skyline. The red bag JULIET will give you energetic vibrations and your autumn-winter season will be warm as the fire that warms the passionate heart of Juliet Capulet, the Shakespearean heroine of Romeo and Juliet.
Just like Juliet, the woman who owns this Blocka bag is full of boundless energy, self-possessed, ready to rebel against anyone who wants to impose compromises. Equipped with instinctive intelligence, strong and combative but also passionate, frank and loyal, the owner of the bag doesn’t let anyone interfere in her small and large decisions, and when great, important, unique love comes, she allows herself to be amiably involved returning the heady passion with enthralling dedication.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she: Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. It is my lady, O, it is my love![…]
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, Having some business, do entreat her eyes To twinkle in their spheres till they return. What if her eyes were there, they in her head? The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars, As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night. […]
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows. The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.
When talking about Juliet, Romeo uses the image of light typical of the “courtly love convention”. He shows an intense adoration for a lady who is chaste and unattainable. He compares her to the brilliant light of the torches that illuminate the Capulets’ great hall. Juliet s the light that frees him from the darkness of his perpetual melancholy. He associates Juliet with sunlight, daylight, and the light emanating from angels.
But Juliet is also a female character who shows significant traits of modernity and herstrength of character is out of the ordinary. She does not give up easily, in fact, the more the difficulties she faces are challenging, the more stubborn and persevering she becomes.
Juliet is a concrete, passionate, unconventional woman who expresses her love vividly and through concrete images. She shows the qualities of determination and courage which enable her to hide her anguish and chat wittily and apparently calmly with Paris, the man her parents have chosen for her, at Friar Lawrence’s cell. Her strong character also enables her to agree to the Friar’s dangerous plan and to appear to accept her father’s commands. Juliet also shows her quick- wittedness when she discovers Romeo’s identity; she is startled into lamenting aloud :
“ My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me ,
That I must love a loathed enemy.”
But when the nurse overhears band questions her, Juliet manages to brush off her curiosity : “ What’s this, what’s this?” asks the Nurse, and Juliet replies, “ A rhyme I learned even now of one I danced withal”.
When Juliet comes out on her balcony after the ball at the Capulet’s, she still has the same concern. The only thing that she knows about Romeo is that he is a Montague, and that seems an insuperable obstacle. Let him renounce his name, she muses, “ And for that name which is no part of thee, Take all myself”
Juliet doesn’t want to play the conventional game of love and she will continue to declare openly her love; moreover, she asks Romeo not to swear his eternal love in the usual lovers’ fashion since true love doesn’t need many words.
Though she is set within the courtly love convention and she stands for innocence, she returns Romeo’s love. She shows extraordinary boldness for a young girl, first in the immodesty of her open confessions of lover and desire for Romeo and later in the courage of her resolution to take Friar Lawrence’s potion.
THE STORY : ROMEO AND JULIET
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
The Montagues and the Capulets are the two chief families of Verona, and for years they have been enemies in a bitter feud. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall madly in love but they realize that their families will try to stand in their way. When the story begins Romeo is infatuated with Rosaline, the Capulets’ niece. Learning that she has been invited to a ball given by the Capulets, Romeo joins some masquers and attends the ball in disguise. There he and Juliet, Capulets’ fourteen-year-old daughter, fall in love at first sight.
ROMEO [To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
JULIET Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
ROMEO Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
JULIET Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
ROMEO O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. JULIET Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
ROMEO Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take. Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged. JULIET Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
ROMEO Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again.
JULIET You kiss by the book.
Romeo has just met and fallen in love with Juliet. It is night time and she is on her bedroom balcony. She is talking out loud to herself but does not realize that Romeo has climbed over the wall into her garden and is listening to her.
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
On hearing Juliet’s words, Romeo confesses his love for her and talks about her beauty. They address each other but they do not think the other is listening. The “ duet” therefore is no real dialogue, but it is made up of altrernating soliloquies. Romeo compares Juliet to the sunlight, imagines an exchange between her eyes and to stars. He wishes he could be a glove covering the hand upon which Juliet is leaning her cheek.
“ See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!”
So Romeo praises Juliet’s beauty with neo-platonic images in the style of the courtly tradition, but Juliet’s declaration is quite different. Her reflection upon language shows a tendency to realism. Juliet is a real woman and her language influences both her being atypical and the plot. She is in love with Romeo, and the first obstacle to their love is “ his name”, a name which does not correspond to the “real Romeo”. Therefore she reflects upon the symbolical order of language and its links to reality.
Romeo is lost in a “ happy dream” but they both know that their families will never agree to their marriage so they plan to marry secretely. With the help of Juliet’s nurse, they are wed by Friar Lawrence, he hopes that a marriage can bring peace between the families. As he returns from the wedding, Romeo meets the quarrelsome Tybald, a Capulet who challenges him to a duel, but Romeo refuses to fight, because Tybald is Juliet’s cousin. Instead, Romeo’s friend Mercutio fights and is killed. Forced to avenge Mercutio’s death by killing Tybald, Romeo is banished from Verona. Before leaving for Mantua, he takes refuge in the friar’s cell, where Juliet’s nurse finds him and tells him to go to her mistress for their first night together. Then Romeo leaves Verona. Juliet is very sad and depressed when Romeo goes away. Her father insists that the best way to cheer her up is to have to marry Paris, the prince’s kinsman, and Juliet has to face the dilemma alone. In desperation she asks Friar Lawrence to help her get out of the marriage with Paris and reunite her with Romeo. The friar devises an ingenious plan to help Juliet. He tells her to drink a sleeping potion that will make her lose consciousness and everyone will think she is dead. However, she will wake up after forty-two hours, and when she does, Romeo will be there to take her to Mantua. Juliet does as Friar Lawrence has instructed her and everybody thinks she is dead. Her parents, believing her dead, place her in the family tomb. In the meantime, Friar Lawrence sends a letter to Romeo telling him about the plan but he does not receiver it. He only hears that Juliet is dead. He rushes back to Verona and, when he gets to the graveyard, he finds her seemingly lifeless body. Overcome by grief he is determined to die next to her. Paris tries to prevent Romeo from entering the tomb and the latter kills him.
Then Romeo poisons himself and dies.
“O, how may I Call this a lightning? O my love! my wife! Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty: Thou art not conquer’d; beauty’s ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, And death’s pale flag is not advanced there. Tybalt, liest thou there in thy bloody sheet? O, what more favour can I do to thee, Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain To sunder his that was thine enemy? Forgive me, cousin! Ah, dear Juliet, Why art thou yet so fair? shall I believe That unsubstantial death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark to be his paramour? For fear of that, I still will stay with thee; And never from this palace of dim night Depart again: here, here will I remain With worms that are thy chamber-maids; O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death! Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark! Here’s to my love! [Drinks] O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.”
When the effect of the potion wears off, Juliet wakes up she finds Romeo dead so she stabs herself with his dagger. Faced with this tragedy, Montagues and Capulets realize that their feud has led to the deaths of the two lovers and promise never to fight again.
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