It should go without saying that Hamilton isn't a perfect retelling of the story – it's a Broadway show, not a textbook! (By the way, it doesn't hurt to question the stories in our history books, too.) If you saw the Tony-winning musical on Disney + last weekend, you probably noticed that the creator and star Lin Manuel Miranda were several creatives has added liberties in retelling the man's life on the $ 10 bill. You have probably also discovered one thing that he kept very precisely: Hamilton's 18th-century ponytail. It was a logical hairstyle for persecutors of democracy! A ponytail pulls hair out of your face without being too fussy and says, "Who has time to think about hair? We have a revolution to fight!" When I was jamming for Hamilton's Bop after Bop, I had to wonder what the musical would have been like if Miranda … had taken other freedoms with Hamilton's personality. Namely his iconic hairstyle. Could someone else have changed history? Let’s examine that.
The one who ends early
New York City, 1776. Aaron Burr walks through an open door and is cornered when he gets out by an enthusiastic young man who scolds Princeton, the Revolution, and some arguments with the fellow. His tattered clothes show that he is not a man with good means, but there is something strange about him that immediately suggests that he is not from the colonies. Or any other civilized country of men. It is his hair: divided into two bunches that are high on both sides of his head. Surely he has no intention of being taken seriously with hair like a little girl? Frivolous women would not get the vote in the 18th century, nevertheless the time of day! Burr, slightly amused by the situation, answers the man's question about his own accelerated university degree. "You're an orphan. Of course," exclaims the stranger, "I'm an orphan too." Suddenly Burr takes pity on him. Apparently his father had died before explaining the inappropriate nature of braids in adult men! Burr searches for a dollar coin in continental currency in his pocket and fraternally folds it into the man's hand. He shakes his head and leaves Alexander Hamilton behind on the street. Hamilton looks confused. The last curtain falls.
The inner joke story
New York City, 1776. Aaron Burr walks through an open door and is cornered when he gets out by an enthusiastic young man who scolds Princeton, the Revolution, and some arguments with the fellow. He is … a lot. Still, Burr sees some potential. After discovering that both are orphans, he invites the stranger (who calls himself Alexander Hamilton) to have a drink in a local bar. There, Hamilton meets three men named Laurens, Lafayette and Mulligan – they all love the revolution and weave a lively debate between the drinks. Several hours pass, and the men who once sparkled in their minds have dulled into a drunken stupor. You sway uncertainly and remember like drunk people how sick that night is ?! Encouraged by alcohol, Lafayette finally brings up the elephant in the room: why did Hamilton wear his hair like a milk maid? The Frenchman calls him Heidi and the nickname remains an inside joke between the four men until Laurens dies in battle and is reborn as Hamilton's unfortunate son.
The wicked twist
New York City, 1776. Alexander Hamilton just graduated from Princeton in two years, as Aaron Burr had done before him. Instead of going to him (what advice does he need at all?), Hamilton gathers men who agree with his radical ideas about democracy. He is incredibly intense, a personality trait that is reflected in his high braid. In the 21st century, you could call it a tennis braid made famous by Russian athletes – but in the 18th century, it's just another indicator of Hamilton's competitive nature. When the war begins, he registers. George Washington calls Hamilton to his office and asks him to be his right man – he does not command his own battalion, but uses the power of his pen. Hamilton, who has been preparing for war all his life, is disgusted. "Put me in coach!" he yells at the general who is confused and confused at this point. Washington withdraws his offer and Hamilton becomes a regular soldier again. He dies in battle and the United States has a completely different financial system.
The instant stud scenario
New York City, 1776. Aaron Burr met Alexander Hamilton and briefly introduced him to three men named Laurens, Lafayette and Mulligan. When the revolution begins, all men join General George Washington's army to take over the British red coats. They fight for freedom, but also for fame. Hamilton becomes Washington's right-hand man, which catapults him into society. And Hamilton becomes a bit of a wild cat. No, wait, Washington's wild cat was named after him. Why did Washington have a wild cat? However, you could say Hamilton's popularity was solely due to his newfound popularity, but there is probably something to say about his hair too. Lush, long, beautiful hair stacked up in a bun on his hair. The high style is not in vogue, although there is no denying how it emphasizes his cheekbones and strong nose. At the winter ball, celebrity Angelica Schuyler discovers the bun that rocks through the crowd. She walks across the room to talk to him while her younger sister Eliza plays a love ballad about the handsome stranger. Angelica, who simply cannot resist his folic vigor, immediately seduces Hamilton. The two marry and begin a long, unsatisfactory union.
The high-low of it
New York City, 1776. Aaron Burr meets a stranger on his street corner – Burr is instantly self-confident, eloquent, or … maybe it's just the mesmerizing rustling of his hair in a high ponytail that runs the length of his back . The man who identifies himself as Alexander Hamilton combines elegance and practicality by only moving his ponytail up a few centimeters. Everyone he meets is immediately enthusiastic about his ingenuity reputation, including General George Washington. Inspired by Hamilton, Washington also shifts his ponytail and gets his sweaty white curls off his neck. The breeze is so comforting that Washington is indeed becoming a better general – the War of Independence ends earlier and saves hundreds of lives. The style is becoming fashionable for men in all colonies, and just like him, Hamilton decides to wear down his hair instead. Burr, frustrated by Hamilton's elitist behavior and no longer confused by his charms, challenges him to a duel. Hamilton dies. The piece receives a standing ovation.
– Ali Oshinsky
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