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Lesson 5 Act 2, Scene 2

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Katherine Rickson

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Transcript of Lesson 5 Act 2, Scene 2

Background
Casa di Giulietta
Supposedly home of the original Capulet family
Thousands visit each year and leave love letters
Probably the most famous scene in the play - it has inspired thousands of movies!
Act 2, Scene 2
L.O: To understand and analyse the famous 'balcony scene' in Romeo and Juliet.

To consider Romeo's attitude to love.

Read Act 2, Scene 2
Listen to me re-read Romeo's soliloquy.
1. Listen carefully to all the words to do with light.

List them in your books.
Imagery = the use of vivid/descriptive language to add depth to an author's writing. It appeals to the senses and helps to create emotion.
Why do you think Shakespeare uses a lot of light imagery in this scene?
2. Look at Juliet's speech in Scene 2. Re-write what she says in your own words.
3. When Juliet says 'That which we call a rose/By any other word would smell as sweet', what does she mean?
Do names matter in our lives?

If you could choose to be called anyhting, what would it be?

If you had had a different name, do you think you would be a different person?
4. 'With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls/For stony limits cannot hold love out'

How do these words fit with Romeo's 'knight in shining armour' image?
What Romeo's attitude towards love?
In pairs look at these quotes from Act 2, Scene 2.

Discuss with your partner what they could tell us about Romeo's attitude towards love.

Complete the table.
How could you describe Romeo's love for Juliet?

Think of three adjectives.
Affectionate
Passionate
Caring
Devoted
Unbreakable
Lustful
Powerful
In Romeo's soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 2, Shakespeare uses lots of light imagery to create a sense of delicate and ethereal beauty. For example, he uses words such as 'sun', 'moon', 'stars', 'brightness', 'lamp' and 'twinkle'. This imagery makes me think of joy, happiness and peace in contrast to darker imagery which is often associated with death and terror. This creates an image of heaven and makes me see Juliet illuminated by a pure glow, suggesting that this is also how Romeo sees her. This imagery makes me feel all the joy, happiness and excitment that might be felt by the lovers at this moment. This creates a joyful effect because the imagery seems to fill the stage itself with light, surrounding the lovers in a bright light that suggests their love is so beautiful it is like being in heaven.
Solve the anagram:
a c l n o y b
light
light
Do you think Shakespeare intended the audience to think of these things? Why/why not?
Why do you think Shakespeare uses lots of light imagery in Romeo's soliloquy?
In Romeo's solilquy in Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo is talking about...
Shakespeare uses light imagery in this scene, to create a effect.
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For example, he uses the word...
The overall effect is...
This reflects the mood of this scene by...
This shows that Romeo feels in this scene, because
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