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Romeo and Juliet: Comparing Capulet

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Act 1 Sc 2
Romeo and Juliet: Comparing Capulet
Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Sc 2: Comparing Capulet
L.O. to compare and contrast character of Capulet in Act 1 Sc 2 with Baz Luhrmann adaptation
Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Sc 5:
(Party Scene)
To analyse film language and directorial choices

All (C): will identify elements of film language in Act 1 Scene 5
Most (B): will analyse some elements of film language, begin to link to character portrayal
Some (A): will evaluate and link film language to effect on character portrayal
Romeo and Juliet: Act 2 Scene 2
(Balcony Scene)
L.O. to analyse language devices in Act 2 Scene 2

All (C): will identify, with some accuracy, language devices
Most (B): will accurately identify language devices and explain meaning
Some (A): will be able to explain effect of language devices
Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Sc 1
(The Rise of Violence)

L.O. Analyse progression of events and identify linguistic devices

All (C grade): identify and analyse linguistic devices in text.
Most (B grade): link language to theme of violence.
Some (A grade): explore effect of language on audience in emphasising violence.

Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene 1
Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene 2-3
(Irony and Banishment)
L.O. to apply previous knowledge of dramatic irony
Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene 4
(Plot Twists)
L.O. to analyse Lord Capulet's motivations

All (C):will identify several reasons for Capulet's actions in Act 3 Sc 4
Most (B): will link reasoning to irony of events
Some (A): will explore foreshadowing and irony
All (C): will identify missing lines and effect on audience
Most (B): will link language to character portrayal
Some (A): will explore context and purpose of language/portrayal
Compare the text to the film and identify the missing lines in Act 1 Sc 2.
Identifying Missing Lines
What happened in Act 1 Scene 5 in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation? Write out the events in the scene using your own words.

You should have listed at least 5 events.

Recounting Events: Film Adaptation
What effect does the missing lines
have on the audiences' interpretation of Capulet's character?

What is specifically not mentioned?
How do the events in the adaptation compare to the original text?

Things to consider:
What has the director added?
What has he deleted?
What has he kept the same?
Are there any similarities?
Where are they set?
Why has Luhrmann changed the original location?

Recounting Events:
Visually descriptive or figurative language.
Write down 3 terms you can not immediately define.

Key Vocabulary
Working in pairs, identify words and phrases indicating violence in both scripts for this scene.

Annotate your sheet (label/write notes around), identify the language technique and the effect the language may have on the audience.
Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Sc 1 Language Analysis
L.O. to analyse climatic events

All (C): will identify key events in scene
Most (B): will link key events to progression of themes
Some (A): will explore the connotations of key events
Many people consider this scene the turning point or climax of the play. Up until this fateful point, the play could have become a comedy. However, the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt signal a tragedy.

Plot the key events so far in the play
on the following graph.
Respond to the following questions.
Find two lines to show that Mercutio is related to Prince Escalus.
In lines 90 to 107, Mercutio speaks in understatement. Find an example of understatement.
Mercutio’s words “A plague o’ both your houses” point to one of the key themes of the play. Explain.
Lady Capulet reveals a good deal of her character in this scene. What sort of person is she?
Prince Escalus speaks for the second time in the play. What do you learn of his character?
Explain the significance of Romeo’s phrase “O, I am fortune’s fool!”

a figure of speech
that is deliberately
less forceful than
the subject or
occasion would
justify; the opposite
of hyperbole
Discuss the following with a partner or small group.
People have different ideas about who is responsible for the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt:
• Prince Escalus blames Romeo. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
• Benvolio gives his opinion in lines 151 to 174. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
All (C): will read and analyse Juliet's soliloquy
Most (B): will link dramatic irony to themes
Some (A): will explore effect of dramatic irony on audience
Dramatic Irony:
a discrepancy of
meaning that
occurs when the
audience knows
something that one
or more of the
characters do not
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
is a speech given by a single person to an audience.
Scene 2 begins with a long soliloquy from Juliet that is both passionate and
romantic. Sadly, the soliloquy and the lines up to line 70 are full of dramatic irony:
the audience knows the tragedy of Act 3 Scene 1 but Juliet does not.

Over the course of this scene, Juliet struggles to come to terms with the death of her
kinsman, Tybalt, by her husband, Romeo. Eventually, she chooses her husband over
her cousin and family.
1. In lines 73 to 84, Juliet uses a series of oxymorons. Write out a few of these, explaining why she speaks in contradictions.

2. The nurse’s sympathy seems to lie with Tybalt, not Romeo. However, she decides to bring Romeo to Juliet. Why?

3. Explain the turmoil and confusion that Juliet is experiencing in
Act 3, Scene 2.
Respond to the following questions
It’s hard to believe that only 36 hours have passed since the drama began on the streets of Verona.

It’s late Monday evening. In Lord Capulet’s house,
Capulet and
Paris resume the conversation they began about marriage in Act 1, Scene 2 (elevator and sauna scene).

Lady Capulet is also present.
Lord Capulet promises Paris that Juliet shall marry him on Thursday morning.
The three of them are not aware that, as they speak,
Romeo and Juliet are upstairs in their marriage bed.

Their ignorance of this important fact produces dramatic irony.

Respond to the following question:
Scene 4 has elements of dramatic irony within it. Give one or two examples, using specific lines for support.
Act 3 Scene 4

Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Sc 4:
Queen Mab Speech
L.O. to analyse puns and purpose of language techniques
A pun is a play on words
(different from an oxymoron).
It is a single word or idea that has two meanings or sound similar and is often used for comedy effect.
Shakespeare often used in his plays and they would have been easily recognised by his audience.
There are examples of puns used throughout Act 1, but particularly in Act 1 Sc 4. Mercutio uses puns to try and tease Romeo and persuade him to go to Capulet's banquet.
Identify the lines with the puns, using the hints below.
Queen Mab
fairy who visits peoples dreams
Mercutio begins to tease Romeo for believing in a dream he had the previous night. What do we learn about Mercutio's feelings about dreams from what he says immediately before the speech (1.4.53) and immediately afterwards (1.4.97-103)?

Give specific examples.
The speech begins as a flight of fancy but Mercutio becomes almost entranced by it, and a bitter, fervent strain creeps in
Night imagery
Images of nature
Religious imagery
Light imagery
Astrological imagery
Act 2 Sc 2 Language Analaysis
How do we say, "I love you"?
Shakespeare uses__________ imagery in Act 2 Scene 2 to describe love.

This __________ is exemplified by, "____________," and, "__________."
This demonstrates that ________________________.
Romeo and Juliet: Act 5
L.O. to analyse events of Act 5 and review resolution of play
Scene 1
Balthasar brings news to Romeo in Mantua that Juliet is dead.
In desperation, Romeo vows to be with Juliet that night.
He buys poison from an Apothecary and leaves for Verona.

Scene 2
Friar Lawrence is shocked to hear that Friar John has been unable to deliver his letter to Romeo.
He rushes off to collect Juliet from the tomb, knowing that she will soon be awake.

Scene 3
Romeo kills Paris when he tries to stop him entering the tomb.
To be with Juliet again, Romeo drinks the potion and dies.
When the Friar arrives, Juliet wakes up. He tries to hustle her away, but she is determined to stay by Romeo and the Friar flees. Taking Romeo’s dagger, Juliet kills herself.
The Prince, the Capulets and the Montagues find their children and Paris dead.
The Friar explains what has happened and the two fathers make peace.

Romeo and Juliet: Act 5 Sc 3 Resolution
L.O. to analyse progression of events and resolution of play
10 minute starter:

Many scholars consider Act 3 Sc 1 (death of Mercutio and Tybalt) the climax of the play. Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation after reading Act 5 Sc 3?

Where would you place the events of Act 4 and 5 on plot mountain?
We have already plotted this portion of the play
Act 1
Act 2
Act 3
Rising Action
Reviewing Act 5 Scene 3
1. Compare and contrast the events of the resolution of the film versus the play.

2. Concentrate on the portrayal of the character you have chosen after you have completed the above. How are they portrayed in the play vs the film?
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