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Jamie Sicotte Romeo & Juliet Family Ties ABC BOOK Scrabble in Heaven Romeo Vs. Juliet Light and dark imagery This tragedy takes place in Verona, Italy. Shakespeare's works are famous around the world for their emotions: of love, romance, comedy and tragedy. He is known for his writing style, for entertaining his audience and challenging them by giving them something to think about. But . . . Did you know the story of Romeo & Juliet was already written? Arthur Brooke wrote "The Tragical Historye of Romeus and Juliet" in 1562. By Shakespeare Aurthur Arthur Brookes poem from which Shakespeare 'borrowed' has only a few differences to "Romeo & Juliet: The Time span of 'Romeus and Juliet' is much longer and events pass much slower.
Shakespeare invents new characters
They have alternate endings Although, you cannot give Arthur too much credit as this play has a history. Shakespeares, 'Romeo & Juliet' is inspired by Arthur Brookes: ""The Tragical Historye of Romeus and Juliet" who copied it from a poem by Pierre Boaistuau in 1559, which was copied from a story by Matteo Bandello in 1554, copied from "Giulietta e Romeo" by Luigi da Porto about 1530, copied from "Mariotto e Ganozza" by Masuccio Salernitano before 1476 which is based on real life lovers who died for each other the year of 1303. Biting of
the thumbs... Act one: The Montegues bite their thumbs at the Capulets to entice them into starting the fight. This scene made me curious as to other offensive gestures we would find innocent. The Corna: This rude hand gesture means your wife is unfaithful in the Baltics, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Here in Canada this gesture is Spiderman's web shooting sign. The Chin Flick: This rude gesture means get lost in Belgium, France, Northern Italy and Tunisia.

In Canada we would just think you were scratching your beard. Left Hand: In Muslum countries the right hand is reserved for eating, shaking hands and other formal activities. The left is to clean yourself, for example after using the toilet. The gesture to shake hands or eat with the left hand is considered very rude and a terrible insult. In Canada you wouldn't think twice about it. Thumbs up: This rude gesture means the same as the middle finger in Southern Sardina and Northern Greece. While in Canada this thumbs up sign simply means good or well done. Beast claw: This rude gesture is like calling whoever you are pointing it at a beast or an animal in Japan.

In Canada you might think that person was counting to four or you may be confused. It depends. Shakespeare does not often go into much detail when describing fights: "They fight." Lack of detail In older times people thought it to be inappropriate to show love making in films. To fill this gap, when a love scene was present they would simply point the cameras in another direction and let the viewers imagine the rest. This reminds me of Shakespeare's fighting scenes. However, you have to remember, Shakespeare did make 3 noted changes to the story so I guess he is not a complete fraud! Well, not totally. I guess they didn't have charges for plagiarism back then. Shakespeare put a spin on things by compressing the story down so much. His touch makes a dramatic storyline. Speaking of time... Did you notice how incredibly short the time span of the movie was? What, five days? Day 1: Romeo crashes the Capulet's masked ball then he and Juliet fall madly in love the minute they lay eyes on each other. They arrange wedding plans on the balcony that night. Day 2: They are married and Romeo spends the night although he is banished. Day 2: They are married and Romeo spends the night although he is banished. Day 3: Juliet is told of her marriage to Paris and takes the fake death potion. Day four/five: The plan does not get delivered to Romeo and he returns home to find Juliet's fake dead body. Depressed he drinks poison, dies, Juliet wakes to both Paris's and Romeo's dead bodies and stabs herself. All this rush reminds me of the white rabbit in, "Alice in Wonderland." I call that a quick connection! This play is quite an eye opener in regards to how historical marriages used to be in the past. Juliet was 13 years old! She first laid eyes on her lover less than 24 hours before she wed him. She was not even physically with him for more than a few minutes. Marriages in the middle ages... During the middle ages in most cases the husband and wife had never met before they were to be married. It was always the parents who arranged it and it was for money, not love. Although sometimes the man would be allowed to chose his wife, but never the other way around. During the ceremony there would be a note posted on the door stating the marriage, and if anyone knew any reason why the marriage should not take place, they should come in to express why. This did not happen often as there were only a few reasons why the marriage would be canceled: too closely related, had taken religious vows, rape, adultery or incest. This made me wonder what marriages were like in the middle ages. During the middle ages girls were getting married off as young as 12 years old and boys 14 years old. This just goes to prove that Juliet is still just a little girl as she had not even began to think about marriage when her mother asked about her feelings on Paris. For centuries even before the tale of Romeo and Juliet, Verona was known as the city of romance. Likely a spoken version of the story of the two lovers existed long before Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet." Shakespeare had never even been to Italy before he wrote "Romeo & Juliet." Alice in Wonderland... The white rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland" is all about time. He is always rushing around and always late. All the haste in Romeo and Juliet reminds me of the white rabbit and how maybe they need a little less rushing white rabbit and a little more time. The immortal Story... The Story of "Romeo & Juliet" is a timeless story as it is told time and time again, in theater, in history, in Italy, books and life. "West side Story has all the same ideas as "Romeo & Juliet." This musical modification of the classic is set in New York, where enemy street gangs, Jets and Sharks, battle for territory and respect. However when Tony, former Jet and Maria, sister of the Sharks leader fall in love everything goes terribly wrong. Connections: Two gangs fighting for territory.
Two families in centuries long feud
Police have to come in to break up their fights, after time and time again breaking them up, the police threaten the death penalty.
The Prince declares the death penalty if there are any more fights.
Tony had been separated from the gang for some time because of his job.
Romeo had not been in contact with anyone since Rosaline.
Tony has a feeling something big is going to happen, something amazing.
Romeo has a feeling something bad is going to happen if he goes to the party.
Tony first saw Maria at a dance.
Romeo first laid eyes on Juliet at her families ball.
After the dance Tony sneaks over onto Maria's balcony to see her.
Romeo and Juliet balcony scene.
After seeing each other for the third time, they start discussing marriage.
Right after seeing Juliet for the first time they start planning their marriage for the next day.
Tony starts trying to make peace with the other gang after hooking up with Maria.
After marrying Juliet, Romeo tries to make peace between the Capulets and the Montegues.
Tony tries to break up the fight when his best friend gets stabbed, then he kills Maria's brother, the leader of the other gang.
Mercutio gets stabbed as Romeo is trying to break up the fight. In revenge Romeo kills Tybalt.
They plan to run away.
After Romeo is banished Frier Laurence cooks up a plan For Romeo and Juliet to live happily ever after together.
When Tony hears the lie that Maria is dead, he walks out into the streets asking for death when the other gang is out there with loaded guns.
When Romeo hears of Juliet's death he comes back to Verona where anyone who sees him can kill him and buys poison.
The death of Tony creates peace between the two gangs.
The deaths of Romeo and Juliet creates peace between the Capulets and Montegues. Speaking of immortal... After Rosaline decides she wants to be a Priest, Romeo holes up in his bedroom in the darkness, no light allowed and only goes outside in the blackness of night feeling sorry for himself. As soon as dawn arrives he holes up again. This reminds me of vampires. Vampires stay in dark places with no sun exposure as supposedly it burns them and they come out at night to feed on innocent souls. In Romeo's case he mopes and feels sorry for himself. Vampires . . .Twilight! The story of "Romeo & Juliet" also relates to "Twilight" with the theme of forbidden love. Romeo and Juliet belong to families involved in a centuries long feud and just happen to both be the only children. With Twilight, Bella a human, falls for Edward a vampire, in a love that can never be. Modern day "Romeo & Juliet", again with the theme of the immortal story. Two people falling in love in a world that would not allow them to do so. Circumstances wouldn't permit them to do that. However this is not only with Twilight... This theme is an every day circumstance. For example: People fall for foreigners, but come from racist families.
People fall for people of the same sex, but come from very proper and respectable families which do not condone such things.
Very religious people fall for very religious people in opposing religions.
Very popular people with high reputations falls for nerds.
Teachers fall for thier students.
People fall for vacationers from other countries.
People fall for criminals, but come from very proper families.
People are already in a loving relationship, but fall for another. Which brings us to not fitting in... David from "The Christalids" along with his telepathic friends are outcasts, or blasphemies as they call it. He and his friends are forced to flee their homes and run for the Fringes to avoid being captured. Romeo and Juliet's circumstance reminds me of David and his group of friend's situation. Both characters are forced into secrecy because if they allowed their situations to be discovered there would be major disapproval, as well as punishment. Also, both characters are living in worlds where what they are is not allowed. Which brings us to Juliet's rebelliousness... Juliet, even though her parents had forbidden her, not only interacted with Romeo but also fell in love with him. Although she knew perfectly well of the Capulet/Montegue feud, decided to follow her heart instead of her head. This shows that although much has changed over the course of 300 years, for example: fashion, technology, knowledge, education, speech, laws, architecture and hygiene, the behavior of children has not. They are still rebellious, impulsive and emotional when they want to be. Which brings us to how times have changed... Fashion and music industries have really changed over the years. If Juliet were to live in present time, I believe she would wear something like this: Before Romeo... I believe if "Romeo & Juliet" was set in present times this is what Juliet would wear. She is depressed and always threatening death, but no one ever listens. She is emotional, nothing special and plain until Romeo comes along. I set her in all neutral colored clothes to show her personality as plain. She has no other friends other than the nurse. The only other thing she is connected to is her religion. This is why her purse has a cross on it. She does not seem to be the kind of girl who's interested in fashion, therefore she is dressed very casually. I tried to make it appear as though she doesn't care about her clothes but dressed nice enough to escape her mothers notice. Her mother cares very much about Juliet's love life and wants her to move on, and stop being so childish. With this outfit, she is trying less to impress her mother and being more her dark self. Still before Romeo... With this outfit Juliet is dressing less like herself and more to impress her mother. Here she is wearing lacy high heels, tight floral jeans, matched with a lacy purse and sweater. I think this might be something she would wear when her mother is pressuring her to see Paris, because it is still fancy, but has her own spin to it with the ponytail and the sweatshirt. After Romeo... This outfit is what I believe Juliet would wear after meeting Romeo as it is happy and bright which is how she feels upon meeting him. For this ensemble I tried to make it appear as if there is a change from how she was dressing before. Prior to Romeo she dressed how she felt and always incorporated neutral colors without directly having to say she is depressed. Now, after meeting Romeo she still dresses how she feels, although her emotions have changed. She is happy, she smiles, and disobeys her parents. Her outfit includes a light sun dress, a floral backpack and white oxfords. In this outfit I also try to show her youthfulness because once she falls for Romeo, we can see she is very young. After meeting him, nothing but Romeo could fill her mind, she fell head over heels at first sight. After Romeo I can see her actually trying with her wardrobe. I would imagine Juliet would no longer want to be living up to her mother's standards, but rather trying to impress Romeo. As Juliet is only allowed outside to attend church, I presume she would spend her time spicing up her look by doing her nails or practicing with makeup until she could see Romeo again.. In present times I can imagine Romeo listening to... His depressed stage after Rosaline... Frank Ocean- Thinking About you A fine frenzy - Almost lover Dreaming With A Broken Heart- John Mayer Lobo - I'd love you to want me I never want to see you unhappy
I thought you'd want the same for me

Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
Can't you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
I should've known you'd bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do

I cannot go to the ocean
I cannot drive the streets at night
I cannot wake up in the morning
Without you on my mind
So you're gone and I'm haunted
And I bet you are just fine
Did I make it that easy
To walk right in and out of my life? My eyes don't shed tears, but, boy, they bawl
When I'm thinkin' 'bout you (ooh, no, no, no)
I've been thinkin' 'bout you (you know, know, know)
I've been thinkin' 'bout you
Do you think about me still?Do ya, do ya?
Or do you not think so far ahead (ahead)?
'Cause I been thinkin' 'bout forever (Oooh, oooh) When you're dreaming with a broken heart
The waking up is the hardest part
You roll outta bed and down on your knees
And for the moment you can hardly breathe
Wondering was she really here?
Is she standing in my room?
No she's not, 'cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.... When I saw you standing there
I about fell off my chair
When you moved your mouth to speak
I felt the blood go to my feet

Now it took time for me to know
What you tried so not to show
Something in my soul just cried
I see the want in your blue eyes
You told yourself years ago
You'd never let your feelings show
The obligation that you made
For the title that they gave I think this song, specifically the lyrics I cut out out fit perfectly in Romeo's situation when he is thinking back about Rosaline. We all know Romeo is very... impulsive and so as he did with Juliet, he probably proposed to Rosaline as well. If this were the case then the line, "thinkin' 'bout forever" would relate because as he awaits darkness in his stark bedroom he would be asking himself if she was thinking about him. As he most likely has been thinking about Rosaline and himself living together forever in marriage. With this song, Romeo is trying to cope with life without Rosaline and wrap his head around the idea of her living the rest of her life keeping all her beauty to herself. He is trying to forget about her and go about life but he cannot do anything or go anywhere without thinking about her. Again Romeo is always thinking about her. He is never sleeping because he knows if he does he will dream of Rosaline and when he wakes she will no longer be with him anymore. She is gone. Romeo can't help but have flashbacks of Roasaline when he saw her for the first time. He can't help but think of how she is betraying herself for the title of priest. He can't understand why she would be so selfish as to hoard all her beauty to herself. Anna Nalick - Shine The Archies - Sunshine Anna Nalick - Words Lyrics Sugar, Sugar by The Archies Take Me Now by Bread The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel HIM - Join Me In Death I chose this as the message Benvolio is trying to send Romeo after his depression because of Rosaline. This song speaks of all of his good qualities, and how everyone misses the old Romeo. He knows there must be reminders of Rossaline everywhere but he has to look through them, the past is the past and there is nothing he can do about it. This song represents the first time Romeo met Juliet. It also represents the light and dark imagery in "Romeo & Juliet" and how he thinks of Juliet as the sun and Rosaline is the envious moon after he first meets Juliet. This song also demonstrates that after Romeo meets Juliet he revolves around her, he sees nothing but Juliet, Juliet is the sun. I chose this song for the pool scene in "Romeo & Juliet". They are trying to declare their love for each other and Juliet is trying to figure out whether Romeo is truly in love with her. They are trying to swear upon their love for each other but there is nothing to swear on that is powerful enough for their love. No words can prove their love for each other because their love is so much more than that. Romeo & Juliet's short love life together. This represents their love because after meeting each other for the first time, they cannot imagine life without each other. Their love for each other consumes them and everything around them. I guess this is where the saying 'Love at first sight' comes from. This is Romeo and Juliet planning to run away and live together forever. They can't imagine life without each other, if their circumstances do not accept their love then they will find somewhere they are allowed to love with all their hearts. If they can't live together then death is better then life without each other. This is when Romeo is exiled and thrown into depression again at the loss of Juliet. This song represents the dream Romeo had of Juliet dead in a grave. When he is exiled he is in total silence, only his thoughts. Knowing the emotionality of these teens that can't be good. Romeo and Juliet are always thinking of death and this song represents how they cannot live without each other, they will kill themselves and be together, in death. This song specifically represents when Romeo hears Juliet is dead and purchases poison. Also in another perspective when Juliet wakes to find the dead bodies of Paris and Romeo. These moments are when they are feeling the most vulnerable and depressed. Love at first sight? Fact or Myth Love at first sight (although the common knowledge, 'don't judge a book by its cover') is real. People can find their match in a matter of minutes. It is proven in less than one second people can tell whether someone is physically attractive. If he or she meets that standard, then the brain listens to voice. This check point is also answered in a matter of seconds. Next is words. People generally like others who use their same vocabulary. This is determined in minutes. People are drawn towards people with similar intelligence, religion, background and lifestyle. Romeo Montague Lord Montague Lady Montague Benvolio Montague Abraham Balthasar Juliet Capulet Lord Capulet Lady Capulet Tybalt Capulet Nurse Sampson, Gregory, Peter Mercutio Lord Montague Romeo's father
Benvolio's uncle
Cannot get through to Romeo
Disgusted with Romeo's behavior, just wants him to get over Rosaline. Lady Montague Romeo's mother.
Benvolio's uncle.
After Romeo's banishment she was heart broken and soon after died of grief.
Very protective of her Romeo.
Deeply cares for Romeo, only wants the best for him. Romeo Romeo doesn't know what he wants. He is an emotional sixteen year old just recently heart broken. He is caring, young and foolish. It is only his bravery that keeps him going. Proud, honorable, well known. No longer wants the feud to continue. Romantic, infamous, poetic, impulsive, ambitious. Benvolio Serious, sensitive, peacekeeper. Mercutio Agressive, provoking fights Disney Beauty and the Beast Romeo and Juliet's love triangle connects to the one in Beauty and the Beast with their three way love affair. Belle = Juliet Beast = Romeo Gaston = Paris The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid is similar to Romeo and Juliet because of the long standing feud between King Triton and Ursula. King Triton does not approve of Ariel going to the surface. Similarity Lord and Lady Capulet only allow Juliet to leave the house to attend church. Additionally Ariel and the Prince cannot be together because King Triton does not approve of humans. This is like Juliet not being allowed to be with Romeo because of their families rivalry. Furthermore in Shakespeare's writing "The Little Mermaid" incorporates the potion. Although, instead of this potion giving the appearance of death, Ariel takes a potion that transforms her to a human. Aladdin Sleeping Beauty/Snow White Belle is like Juliet's character because of their deep love and connection with the Beast and Romeo. Also at the same time the forced love with Gaston and Paris. Belle is in a relationship with the Beast that is looked down upon. Familiarly, Juliet is deeply, truly in love with Romeo who's parents rival with hers. As well Gaston is forcing marriage upon Belle, while Juliet's parents are forcing her marriage to Paris. Gaston is much like Paris as they are considered quite the catches although not considered anything special to either Belle or Juliet. It seems that because they are uninterested the men are even more determined to catch them. People always want what they can't have.
People always want what they can't have Whether it be people they can't have, items, or a lifestyle, people always want what they can't have. This is not only found in Romeo and Juliet, this is found everywhere, day to day. In our world today people always want bigger and better. Once something grows old we want newer, when something is dull we want shiny, when something is down we want up. We always want what we can't have. With this we loose sight of what is important in life and confuse want with need. This is where we want and want and want, soon there is no longer a limit, the line is no longer clear. Our values are blurred as we confuse our wants with our needs. This is where we are going wrong.
They say the grass is always greener on the other side. With "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo is still getting over Rosaline when he succumbs to Benvolio and Mercutio's pleading for him to crash the Capulet's party to "see other beauties." Seeing Juliet for the first time Romeo decides he needs Juliet. Again, confusing want with need. At first sight of her he completely forgets about Rosaline with whom he had been thinking about non stop for several weeks unable to rid her 'beauty going to waste' out of his mind. After Juliet, the one that used to be the swan is now the crow as a newer edition has come forth. The Beast from "The Beauty and the Beast" is the same as Romeo where they both love Belle and Juliet with an undying passion, although are crossed with consequences when taking a step further. After Gaston discovers Belle's attraction towards the Beast, he sends a mob out to kill him. Following the marriage to Juliet, Romeo tried to create peace between the two families although only succeeded in having his best friend stabbed and killed, murdering his cousin-in-law and becoming banished. What happens when the sense of rebellion wears off? In a way it is good that the relationship never worked out as if it did would their passion for each other stay the same? Or would it ease? What made their connection so strong? Well, one characteristic is appearances. The first time Romeo saw Juliet, it was not her brain he fell in love with...And what happens to appearances as people age? Another characteristic is rebellion. The rebelliousness of sneaking out and it being only you who knows what is happening. If the plan had succeeded all that adrenaline would fade and their love would be something quite different. The last characteristic is raging hormones. If their love where to last, their beauty would wither, the sense of rebellion would come to a standstill and the raging hormones would quit ragging. Now what is left? "Aladdin" relates to "Romeo & Juliet" because Jasmine, the princess is not allowed outside her castle walls, much like Juliet. Although unlike Juliet, she has been breaking that rule much longer than Juliet has. One day while out into the village, Jasmine meets Aladdin, a street rat. She discovers they have a lot in common although things would never work out between them as she is a princess and he is a poor robber. Similar to Romeo and Juliet as they find love at first sight although, things would never work out because of their families. Both Aladdin and Romeo try to change their fate as they love Jasmine and Juliet. Aladdin uses a magic genie to become a prince in order to be deemed worthy in Jasmine's father's eyes. Romeo tries to create peace between the two families by stating his love for Tibalt. With "Romeo & Juliet" they often speak of kissing. Kissing away the sins or kissing the poison out. This relates to "Sleeping Beauty" and "Snow White" as when they prick their finger or take a bite of the poison apple, they die. Their Princes come and kiss them, awakening them from the wicked spells that cursed them. However "Romeo & Juliet" is a little more realistic as when they die, they're gone for good. Lady and the Tramp This love story, just like any other love story that involves the lover from competing groups, different social classes or countries that in turn create difficulties in the romance is related to "Romeo & Juliet". This Disney tale is about two dogs. One from the streets and the other belonging to a loving family. However this love was not love at first sight, but a developing love that took time. When Lady's family left on vacation, they left her in the care of a grouchy dog hating sitter which she fled, discovered a different way of life and had a glorious time with the Tramp. This reminded me when Juliet disobeyed her parents and married Romeo. Her parents thought she was attending church. Dumbo "Dumbo" is an elephant with very large ears. He is ridiculed and made fun of. After enough bullying Dumbo's mother gets angry at the bullies resulting in the officials deeming her 'mad'. She becomes locked away from her baby. Dumbo has no one left except for his mouse mentor/protector. This story reminds me of "Romeo & Juliet" because Juliet never really had her mother in her life. Her mother didn't even know her daughters age. Much like Dumbo, Juliet has only one person she can confide in, the nurse. Dumbo, only had the mouse. Symbolism Gold = Greed + Desire
Silver = Love + Beauty Gold: Rosaline says she is immune to showers of gold, banishment, Romeo says is like a golden axe. Silver: "How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night" "Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow, / That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops" Gold is symbolism of greed and desire in "Romeo & Juliet" as Rosaline says she is immune to showers of gold, meaning bribery, meaning Romeo must have bribed her to be with him, bribery which is negative. When Romeo is banished he says that banishment is like a "golden axe" meaning banishment is like glorified death, meaning that he would rather the death penalty than banishment. Silver symbolizes love and beauty in "Romeo & Juliet' because the first quotation is referring to how gorgeous and pure as sweet music the lovers sound. Positive. In the next quotation Romeo confessed his love to Juliet with the witness the moon. Also positive. All this just goes to show that the death of their only children still did not create peace between the two rivaling families. With the death of Romeo and Juliet, the families promised golden statues in honor of their dead children, which does not prove peace of the feud but representation of wealth. Neither the Montagues nor the Capulets really learned anything from the death of their children. It is not so easy to forgive and forget. The Lion King 2 Kiara, King Simba's daughter and outcast Kovu, the heir of Scar, fall in love when Kiara defies her father's instructions heading out to the Outlands, leaving the Pride lands where Simba can protect her. Due to the forbidden love, Kiara and Kovu must sneak out to see each other disobeying their parents instructions. In the end their love brings the outcasts and the pride-landers together. In this "Romeo and Juliet" twist the only differences are instead of Kiara having no friends it is Kovu instead with no one to open up to. Also rather than deaths bringing the two families together it is courage. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Death Fate Haste Knife Love Capulet Montague Never Peace Quest Suicide Time/Tragedy Unaware Verona War The Capulet's are rich and wealthy bearing only Juliet. They are upperclassmen, but enemies with the Montegues forming a centuries long rivalry. A grudge not explained in the play. Juliet the main character is the daughter of the Capulets. Both the Montegues and the Capulets are unaware of the romance between their only offspring. Irony This play is filled with death whether they are natural (Lady Montegue), murders (Mercutio, Tibalt and Paris) or suicides (Romeo and Juliet). Most of these deaths could have been spared had it not been for Mercutio and Benvolio peer pressuring Romeo into going to the party. However they were just trying to help. Had Frier Lawrence not relied on someone else to get the plan delivered, Romeo and Juliet would still be alive and together. If you want to get it done right, do it yourself. Fate is a very important aspect of this play as there is a lot of foreshadowing of fate in their dreams, visions and feelings. It is fate that Romeo and Juliet die as to be together forever in death. Everything is quick paced, happens all too fast, hastily. Romeo and Juliet meet in haste, fall in love in haste and get married in haste. Romeo reacts too hastily to the news of Juliet's death, does not know the facts and reacts impulsively. I found it ironic that out of all the people they could have fallen in love with, that it had to be the only one person that they're parents forbid them to see. Whats more, they were the only offspring of their families. I think the knife Juliet stabbed herself with is very symbolic as it is the knife that ended it all. She, much like Romeo is very impulsive and does not consider other options such as Paris. If she can't have Romeo she does not want to continue on. It is also stubborn in a way. The Montagues are upperclassmen involved in the other side of the feud with the Capulets. Fate would have never allowed the relationship to work out. It was never meant to be. Romeo is on a quest for Juliet's love. He is so in love with her he is willing to do anything. Both Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, unwilling to live with out the other. This story takes place in Verona Italy. The city of romance. Benvolio is Romeo's cousin and friend, it is he who pulled Romeo out of his depression and whom the police go to when they want the straight facts. Mercutio is Romeo's sassy, rude best friend who later dies because Romeo tried to get between his and Tibalt's fight. Related to the Prince. Lord Capulet
Juliet's father
Head of the feud between the two families
Earlier on trying to delay Paris's proposal, then later forcing it on her.
Strict, upperclassmen Lady Capulet Wants Juliet to grow up, does not know her daughter Juliet's mother. In the play lady Capulet is seen as not knowing Juliet at all, not even knowing her age, she is quite far from her daughter. Juliet Capulet Stereotypical Lord and Lady Montegue are stereotypical parents. You have the strict father drawing the line then the caring mother always willing to bend it for them. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" Love is a major factor in this play, as it all started with love. Everything that happens is because of love. Pocahontas Repercussions of "Romeo & Juliet" What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet. O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? A plague o' both your houses!
They have made worms' meat of me! A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life. Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow. See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek! Thus with a kiss I die.
O happy dagger! O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear. I think that this quote really does represent Romeo well because as soon as he sees Juliet everything else is forgotten. Nothing else matters now that he has Juliet, not the feud, not his banishment, not death. He is a dreamer, in love with the idea of being in love. This line I think is perfect for Juliet because it shows that she does not care for the rules, she does not care that Romeo is her only enemy, she follows her heart, not her head. She was well aware of the Capulet/Montague feud but decided to ignore that little factor
If Romeo had his own action figure I believe he would say... If Juliet had her own action figure I believe she would say... Letters to Juliet This movies is about an american girl who goes on vacation to Verona, Italy. While visiting Casa di Giulietta, said to be the house of the Capulets, where lovers post their love letters on the wall in hopes that Juliet will answer. She finds a letter unanswered, left there from 1957 and goes on a quest to find the two lovers. Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" led to Casa di Giulietta where people leave their love notes to Juliet. However, this is not just in the movie, it is real. 1.5 million tourists visit Verona every year to write letters to Juliet, whom the Juliet secretary answers. I found it odd that people do this given that Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet were not real.
Shakespeare throughout the play often includes the motif of light an dark imagery. In the play you will find repeatedly the contrast between light and dark. Light being positive and dark negative. Romeo frequently refers to Juliet as the warm loving sun and far more beautiful than the pale, chaste moon (Rosaline). Women are often represented as angels and their beauty shining brightly. At the beginning of the play Romeo is always avoiding the light, creating his own artificial darkness, concerning his family and causing them to wonder if his preference to the dark a sign of depression. The five stages of grief... Denial Anger Bargaining
Depression Acceptance Romeo does not believe that Rosaline does not love him and so keeps persisting her with his love. In his anger Romeo shuts everyone out of his life leaving only him and his thoughts. Romeo enters depression when he does not even allow light to accompany him in his sad times. He accepts that Rosaline is not the one after meeting Juliet. Not even Romeo's bribing could change Rosalines mind on her decision about her chastity. Much like "Romeo and Juliet," the couple choose love over war, although they keep their love secretive, only to themselves. Unknowing of their relationship both sides constantly warn of the other side. One major difference between the two stories is Pocahontas chooses her family over her love rather than dying because she cannot live without her love. Betrayal The whole play is based on the betrayal of the two families. There would not have been a story without the betrayal in the beginning. The betrayal that started it all, the betrayal they are not able to forget. Emotion In this play we see many emotions. It is the emotions, impulsiveness and wrong moves that make up the play. We see depression, hatred, love, anger, sorrow and longing to name a few. Although they did not learn any lessons from the loss of their only children, we do know the feud will be done forever, as the only ones who could carry on their families are now dead. Once Lord and Lady Capulet and Lord and Lady Montegue are dead there will no longer be a feud. Youth The families were at war with each other unable to forget the hatred that boiled under their skins for each other. It was as if there was a ticking time bomb in this story, everything was very fast paced and nothing was properly thought out. It was all the intensity that was to do with time that led to the tragedy. Both Romeo and Juliet are very young. This is concerning as they are so young and had their whole lives ahead of them. Orchard The orchard walls in which Romeo climbed are significant to the play as Juliet's garden was the only place she deemed private, yet Romeo still managed to invade it. Apothecary If the apothecary had more money, neither Juliet, nor Romeo would have died as the apothecary would have cared more about his morals than money. He would not have sold Romeo the lethal poison. Reconcile The two families reconcile after the deaths of their Romeo and Juliet by making gold statues of their children. Dead Romeo and Juliet dolls... O happy dagger! Thus with a kiss I die. Their last words. This is a scrabble game between Romeo and Juliet after death. During their game they are only allowed to use words that they would use to describe their love while they were alive. Alone
















Young Before they met each other they felt utterly alone. They were very brave to go on with their love even though their situations would not allow it. Their heads were clouded with love, unable to make right decisions but instead the decision of the moment. They were out of control with their new found love. The result of their love turned out to be very violent. Their love was doomed from the start, being from opposing families. It was foolish of them to ever think it would have worked out. Their lives were filled with hate and violence. They were very loyal to each other, committing suicide at the thought of not being able to have the rest of their lives together. Their love was far too quick paced, maybe had it not been for that, their relationship might have worked out. They were rebels, rebelling against the feud without anyone knowing and contradicting their parent's instructions. Their love was definitely love at first sight, and revolved mostly around looks. Although they did have love at first sight, it was true, their love. The outcome of their love was unfortunate. Lord Capulet Father to Juliet
Uncle to Tibalt
Commands respect and manners
Wants what he thinks is best for his daughter
Young, impulsive, emotional Juliet, the main character in this play, is thirteen years old and desperately in love with Romeo. She is depressed and often speaks of suicide, but that's what makes her so dramatic. Tibalt Hot-head, fierce, great fighter Tibalt is Juliet's cousin with an addictive hobby of hating the Montagues with a passion. He is quite hot headed, and if feeling put down is quick to draw his sword. Nurse Nursed and raised Juliet. She is Juliet's one confidant, she is closer to her than Juliet's own mother. Girlfriends While Romeo is always surrounded in friends who he can relate and talk to, Juliet had no one. Only the Nurse. Peter Pan This movie relates to "Romeo & Juliet" as when Romeo and Juliet are together it is like they are in another world completely. They zone out and forget about everything else, even the ongoing feud. This relates to "Peter Pan" when he brings Wendy, John and Micheal to Neverland. Cinderella The scene where Prince Charming first finds Cinderella reminded me of when Romeo first saw Juliet. It was as if he had seen no other beauty before, nothing compared to his Juliet. Similar to when Cinderella was first spotted, her beauty did not compare to that of the others, she is far more beautiful. Jealous Before Juliet we see Rosaline as this gorgeous, perfect girl, with one exception, she's taken. By chastity. After Romeo sees Juliet, Rosaline turns into a jealous, selfish moon while she used to be anything but. e xempt Both Romeo and Juliet, and Mercutio and Tibalt are all exempt from living the rest of their lives. Zany I found the behavior of all the characters in the play to be quite odd, zany. Their actions were not usually the first that would come to my mind All Romeo and Juliet ever wanted of their families was peace. The end of the rivalry. Acceptance of themselves. Not even their deaths could bring them that. Pinochio Pinochio reminded me of "Romeo & Juliet" because of all of his lying. I found this similar to "Romeo & Juliet" when they keep their romance secret from everybody. However, Pinochio's nose grows longer every time he lies, Romeo and Juliet's secret gets them killed. Their dramatic choices made for some awful heartache. Being so young they were both very naive. All were young and stupid.
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