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Romeo and Juliet Alphabet Book
Transcript of Romeo and Juliet Alphabet Book
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean (prologue)
Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground (I. I.)
By some vile forfeit of untimely death (I. IV.)
It fits when such a villain is a guest (I. V.)
And world’s exile is death. (III. III)
Then love-devouring death, do what he dare (II. VI.)
This day’s black fate one more days doth depend:
This but begins the woe others must end (III. I)
And leave him all. Life, living, all is Death’s. (IV. V.) Anagnorisis: Juliet recognizes that she alone must take the action of faking her death. She cannot receive help from anyone. This moment changes the course of the story. Benvolio: He is the embodiment of good and rational thinking in this play. He is Romeo’s cousin and is the person who convinced Romeo to go to the party where he met Juliet. He is character foils with Tybalt. Capulet: The house and family that Juliet belongs to. Also Lord and Lady Capulet are Juliet’s parents. They are in conflict with the Montague’s. Death imagery is used throughout this play. The most obvious usage of this is when Capulet compares Death and Romeo unknowingly when he discovers Juliet’s “death” Elizabethan: The time when this play was written and performed was in the Elizabethan Era of England. Shakespeare had to capture the attention of the nobles and peasants watching and allow them to understand the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Fate plays an important role in this play it brings the two star-crossed lovers together by love and then separates them again by death. Grief is a strong emotion in this tragedy. The house of Capulet experiences it when Tybalt dies, Juliet experiences it when Romeo is banished and dies, Romeo endures it when Juliet fakes her death and Lady Montague dies because of it. H is for... Hubris is an arrogance for authority and rules. Both Juliet and Romeo have Hubris in going through with seeing each other and getting married without their parents consent. I is for... Iambic Pentameter: The entire play of Romeo and Juliet is written in Iambic pentameters. A weak and then a strong syllable, five times over. When this pattern changes it means something significant is happening or is about to. J is for... Juliet is the main character in this play and makes the decision that she will be with Romeo and no one else. She is of the house of Capulet. K is for... Knife: A knife is the weapon of choice for Juliet to take her own life, she does this when she sees that Romeo is dead. Love/Lust: Love is what Romeo and Juliet believe that they have but mostly they have Lust for each other and this leads them to make the rash and unadvised decision to get married and this causes their death. Montague: This is the house that Romeo belongs to. Lord and Lady Montague are Romeo’s parents. Night: Everything that goes on between Romeo and Juliet happens at night. When they meet, when they are able to spend time together without being caught and when they die. O is for... Oxymoron: Shakespeare uses oxymoron to show that his characters are having contrasting feelings. He uses this with Romeo when he is in distress about Rosaline not loving him back. P is for... Poison: This is what Romeo uses to kill himself, just moments too early, because he sees Juliet dead. Q is for... Queen Mab: The fairy queen Mab is introduced when Mercutio goes off on a rant about his beliefs about dreams and how they don’t mean anything. Even though Romeo’s dream told him that fate would give him an early death. R is for... Romeo is the other main character of this story. He is a boy blinded by his admiration for Juliet and makes large decisions too quickly. He is of the house of Montague. S is for... Sonnet: A usual Shakespearean sonnet consists of 14 lines of Iambic Pentameter separated into 3 quatrains and ending in a rhyming couplet. Shakespeare uses these when something important is going on. An example of this is the prologue. T is for... Time is a thing not ever really mentioned but consistently there ticking by in the background. In this play the events that a couple would usually go through in a whole lifetime, happens to Romeo and Juliet in the span of four days. This shows that life is short and forever may not be as long as you think. U is for... Unadvised Marriage: Romeo and Juliet’s marriage is unadvised, their parents do not know about it and would not approve of it. Even the people who are assisting them in going through with it do not truly believe it’s a good idea. V is for... Verona: This is the city in which the majority of the play takes place. Verona is located in Italy. W is for... Wherefore art thou Romeo? This phrase means why are you Romeo? Juliet asks this because she wonders, why must the only person she’s ever loved, be a Montague? X is for... The letter x can represent a cross which is symbolic of religion and god. This is also a large part of fate for the star-crossed lovers. Also Romeo and Juliet’s family’s are both religious. Y is for... The youth of Romeo and Juliet is important because it is part of the reason for their disregard for their parents’ wishes and their quick irrational thinking on getting married. Their youth is also why they can see past the strife of their parents and love each other even though the family’s feud. Z is for... Zeal is the eager desire for something or someone. Romeo and Juliet both hold zeal when it comes to their relationship and their marriage. By: Erin Buck