So it’s pretty obvious that the show is infused with Alexander’s name - he’s the title character, he spells his name out to the world, people hail him, curse him, talk about him constantly… but the big exception to this is “Burn.”
Here, Eliza outright refuses to acknowledge him.
That’s the whole show, acknowledging Alexander, but Eliza stands up and says absolutely not - not after this. The narrative is about her too (all the women) and though her choice is to “[erase] myself from the narrative,” she’s not just going to give that space to the man who betrayed her. Eliza keeps the lyrics firmly in the second person and though everyone (the audience) knows who she’s talking about, it’s significant that she refuses to speak his name.
Until the end. “It’s Quiet Uptown” has Alexander saying her name quite a bit - and the cast saying his - but Eliza is only just starting to forgive. Then in “Best of Wives and Best of Women” they’re back in bed together and the very first word she says is “Alexander.”
And of course, in “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” when Eliza puts herself back into the narrative, she not only acknowledges Alexander but also the prestige and pervasiveness he’s always craved: “In their eyes I see you, Alexander.” She acknowledges him everywhere.
In the span of a few songs Eliza comes full circle, using only Alexander’s name.
You know what really gets me in Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? Eliza spends the whole song telling about how she did everything she could to preserve Alexander’s legacy and make sure that people knew he was more than the shit talking caricature that Jefferson and his crew painted him as. She did all of this stuff for her Hamilton and then at the end of the song she says “oh and can I show you what I’m proudest of?” She asks us permission to share something about herself, she asks permission to share something that she did herself and that she is so happy about. I think that speaks worlds about her character. Eliza thinks of everyone, she is so kind hearted and she doesn’t need money or a legacy or anything. She just needs her family and friends, that is enough for her. She cares so much about making sure everyone else is taken care of, especially Hamilton and his legacy, that she feels she has to ask us permission to tell something about herself. That line gets me every time because the way Phillipa delivers it is so sweet and it melts my heart.
I’m so proud of Eliza for everything she did. To finish, a quote from the Chernow: “"She frequently grew melancholy and longed for a reunion with ‘her Hamilton,’ as she invariably referred to him. “One night, I remember, she seemed sad and absent-minded and could not go back to the parlor where there were visitors, but sat near the fire and played backgammon for a while,” said one caller. “When the game was done she leaned back in her chair a long time with closed eyes, as if lost to all around her. There was a long silence, broken by the murmured words, ‘I am so tired. It is long. I want to see Hamilton.’”“ It’s only a matter of time.
<p><b>what she says:</b> im fine<p/><b>what she means:</b> how did ladybug and chatnoir meet? when did they decide to become a duo? how did they first gain their miraculous stones? who is hawkmoth and what does he want the miraculous stones for? are there going to be any more superheroes in the future? WHEN AND HOW ARE THE TWO PROTAGONISTS GOING TO FIND OUT ABOUT EACH OTHERS IDENTITIES AND HOW ARE THEY GOING TO REACT. WHAT ABOUT WHEN THEIR BEST FRIENDS FIND OUT?? I CAN't TAKE THIS<p/></p>