The concept of legacy is one that is quite prominent in this musical, and in Hamilton’s life. He had an obsession with his legacy, a craving to leave a mark on the world when he dies. Let me tell you, he did leave quite a legacy behind him.
“I may not live to see our glory, but I will gladly join the fight. And when our children tell our story, they’ll tell the story of tonight.” —Hamilton, “The Story of Tonight”
Here is my theme map! I was originally going to make it on paper, but I’m such a perfectionist and five pieces of paper later I decided to make it on my computer. The theme statement that I chose/created was “Although legacy may seem incredibly important, there is no way of telling if it will actually be passed on, protected or kept alive.” This sort of connects with the statement: “You have no control over who lives, who dies, who tells your story.” but I altered it to fit what I wanted to say.
My statement is about legacy, and how it is beyond our control – it is up to those after us to make sure the thing we have worked hard to create doesn’t disappear the moment after we die.
Hamilton’s entire life revolved around his legacy and his efforts in creating it. He grew up a poor boy in the Carribean, therefore having no legacy to defend or protect; he was able to start from scratch, create his own legacy.
I don’t want to explain my entire theme map – you can just read it if you’d like – but the main thing that I wanted to explain is how it isn’t worth spending your entire life fixated on your legacy because it is something beyond your control. Legacy may seem like a good thing, but in the long run it is something that can take away from the important things in your life if you aren’t careful.
The reason I chose this theme statement was because legacy was mentioned a lot throughout this musical (especially in my song, right hand man). It is such an incredibly large topic, and I felt that it would provide me with so many different points and ideas for my theme map.
ps. click on the photo for a less blurry, larger version