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Romeo & Juliet - Act I

Act I

Mr. Skocik

on 3 August 2016

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Transcript of Romeo & Juliet - Act I

Puns-plays on the multiple meanings of words.
Act I
The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet
Playwrights often use contrast to illustrate the traits and motivations of characters more clearly.
In your groups, summarize the Prince's warning to the two families about their feud.
1.1 Parallel Plots
The kind of language a character uses can help to reveal ideas about his or her mood or situation.
1.1 Support Inferences
Act I
In this scene, a third parallel plot is introduced which will have a major impact on the story line.
1.2 Parallel Plots
In your groups, summarize the passage.
Why do you think Romeo will take the chance of attending the party?
What could happen?

1.2 Parallel Plots
Hyperbole - exaggeration for affect
Simile - Comparison using like or as
Act I
Explain Tybalt's reaction when he hears Romeo's voice. What does he want to do?
1.5 Parallel Plots
What are your first impressions of R&J?
What are their personalities? Why?
Extended Metaphor
1.5 Figurative Meanings
Act I
Although it seems rambling, the nurse's speech serves several purposes. It reveals character traits of the nurse as well as her relationship to Juliet. The nurse is a minor character who plays an important role.
1.3 Analyze Character
Make inferences about Juliet's feelings toward the nurse.
How would you describe Juliet's feelings toward her mother?
1.3 Support Inferences
Note the extended metaphor that Lady Capulet uses to achieve her purpose.
Extended Metaphor - extended comparison between two unlike things.
1.3 Figurative Language
Scene 4 - A street near the Capulet house.
Act I
Just before Mercutio's speech, Romeo tells him about a dream he had.
1.4 Character Motivations
What foreshadowing can you find in Romeo's words?
Why does he continue to the party in spite of his feelings?
1.4 Parallel Plots
The chorus fulfills the role of the narrator. This speech which is spoken before the play's action begins, identifies the setting and provides an overview of the plot.
The Prologue
Drama by William Shakespeare
EQ: How can I analyze character's motivations and parallel plots?
The Cast
Place in your notes for reference
What can we learn about the families from the phrase "both alike in dignity."
According to lines 3-4, what is the relationship between these families?
According to line 6, what does the Prologue say has happened to R & J?
Scene 1 - A public square in Verona
Sampson, Gregory, Abram, Benvolio, Tybalt, Officer, Citizens, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, Lady Montague, Prince, Romeo
Explain the characters' play on the the word "move" by discussing which definition each speaker uses.
1.1 Parallel Plots
In a full-length, complex drama, such as this one, there is often more than one story line. These plots develop simultaneously along with the major plot - in this play, the love story of R&J. These parallel plots often complicate the characters' lives and hinder their efforts to resolve the central conflict.
The feud between families is an important parallel plot.
What does Sampson do when he sees the Montague servants? Why?
Why does he take back this gesture?
What do the servants' actions reveal about the conflict between the families?
1.1 Character Motivations
Explain how Tybalt's actions contrast with Benvolio's.
What characteristic of Benvolio's is brought out through this contrast? What characteristic of Tybalt's?
Note: 1.1.68-73
Lady Montague & Lady Capulet are shown to be more sensible than their husbands in regards to the feud.
Note: 1.1.149-150
Benvolio's words and actions here as a friend and relative of Romeo's show his personality.
Describe the language Romeo uses in this speech to express his feelings about love.
What do these contradictory terms reveal?
1.1 Parallel Plots
Why will this woman not return Romeo's love?
How would you characterize Romeo based off of his words and actions?
How does Benvolio vow to help?
Scene 2 - A street near the Capulet house
Capulet, Paris, Servant, Benvolio, Romeo
Explain Paris's purpose in visiting Lord Capulet.
Why is Lord Capulet reluctant to immediately give his consent?
"Compare her face with some that I shall show,/ And I will make thee think thy swan a crow."
Scene 3 - Capulet's House
Lady Capulet, Nurse, Juliet, Servingman
Identify the comparison in the extended metaphor,
What features of Paris does Lady Capulet emphasize in her comparison?
1.3 Support Inferences
Shakespeare is building up an idea of Juliet's character from what she says and does in this scene.
Explain Juliet's reply.
What do her words reveal about her character?
Romeo, Benvolio, Mercutio
Note: Puns
heavy = sad & great weight
light = luminous & little weight
soul & soles
sore & soar
Note: Mercutio
The exchange in conversation between Romeo & Mercutio suggests Mercutio is funny and quick-witted. He also doesn't seem to have patience for Romeo's lovesickness.
"If love be rough with you, be rough with love."
Explain where dreams come from according to Mercutio.
Scene 5 - A hall in Capulet's house;
the scene of the party.
First Servingman, Second Servingman, Third Servingman, Capulet, Second Capulet, Romeo, Tybalt, Juliet, Nurse, Benvolio
1.5 Figurative Meanings
Explain what has happened to Romeo.
Identify hyperbole and simile.
1.5 Support Inferences
Discuss Lord Capulet's reaction to Romeo's presence at the ball. Why?
Explain the extended metaphor.
What else is significant about these lines?
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