You know the part in hamilton where alex goes “I am not throwin’ away my shot” and the ensemble goes “just you wait” like i die a little every time i hear that because it’s the most brilliant subtle piece of foreshadowing that is also relatively obvious but you won’t understand until your 3rd or 4th listening
Unlike his namesake (the founding father Alexander Hamilton, now the main character in a hit musical), he isn’t an orphan. His father is a 6-year-old named Scooter; his mother a 7-year-old named Nasan.
Let’s talk about Hamilton vs. Burr for a minute here.
In the very first song of the show, Hamilton receives a jacket from Eliza. He puts it on and his identity is pretty much changed, hence the line, “in New York you can be a new man.” In contrast, Burr comes onstage wearing a crimson red coat, one that he wears for most of the show. Burr is automatically stained from the first moment you see him. He is the only character in the entire show that cannot take off his identity and trade it for another.
Hamilton also says “just you wait,” (a line which is repeated many times throughout the show). On the other hand, Burr says “I’m willing to wait for it.”
Just you wait vs. Wait for it.
Notice how Hamilton tells others to wait while he accomplishes the things he hasn’t done, while Burr seems to pass up every single opportunity that comes his way only to realize he keeps missing his shot.
And lastly, the one time that Burr didn’t throw away his shot was when he killed Hamilton in The World was Wide Enough. After Hamilton’s soliloquy, Burr shouts “wait”. The one time Aaron Burr takes his shot, he realizes that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Hamilton did throw away his shot, and he threw away his life in the process.
‘Just you wait’ was the only way Hamilton could show the world that he was more than an orphan immigrant. ‘Wait for it’ was the way that Burr could protect what he already had, yet in the end, he ruined his own legacy.