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Romeo & Juliet
Transcript of Romeo & Juliet
Let's take a moment to write some of our own poetry!
Please meet with your partner and experiment with Shakespeare's language tricks! Write an original example of each of the devices listed below with a common theme. Put them together to create a poem or prose:
4. classical allusion
5. reversed word
6. reversed thought
7. reversed sentence construction
Would this play be as effective if it was a comedy with a happy ending? How would you rewrite the ending to make it a happy ending?
Is the world of Romeo and Juliet one where people are free to choose any course of action? What does the play say about fate, free will, and determinism?
With your partner, find at least one quote where fate, free will, or determinism is mentioned by the characters?
1. "It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden" (II.ii.125).
How do Juliet's words apply to the action of the play?
2. "The blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet ultimately rests with Friar Lawrence."
Do you agree with this interpretation of the play's tragic ending?
3. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.
Was "their parents' strife" the reason for the love between Romeo and Juliet proving to be
4. "The lesson of Romeo and Juliet is that children should not deceive their parents."
Do you share this view of the play?
5. Is the play about fate or about bad decision-making? For example, was Romeo too rash
and quick in his decisions that ultimately causes his death?
6. Who is the stronger character, Romeo or Juliet? Look at their actions and words. Who, in
your opinion, is a stronger and more interesting character? Make sure to compare their actions and words to convince your reader of your opinion.
1. What is the setting of the play?
2. Describe the relationship between the two families.
3. What happens to the lovers?
4. What is the subject of the play?
5. What does the chorus ask of the audience in the last two lines? Why?
6. How many lines are there in the Prologue? What is the rhyming pattern? What are the two rhyming lines at the end of the poem called?
7. What is the name of the poetic form which Shakespeare uses for the "Prologue"?
Consider these different views on love:
"If love be rough with you, be rough with love. / Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down." (I.iv.27-28)
"Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, / To rude, too boist'rous, and it pricks like a thorn." (II.ii.25-26)
But woo her; gentle Paris, get her heart;
My will to her consent is but a part.
And, she agreed, within her scope of choice
Lies my consent and fair according voice.
"But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next / To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church, / Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither." (III.v.179-197)
How do you see these various views on love dramatized in the play, and with what consequences?
Your mission is to figure out and fill in the various points in your plot map. Remember, not everyone's Map will look the same!
QW: What do you think of feuds? Have you ever been involved in one? How can you end a feud?
QA: Examine the language of the love sonnet Shakespeare created with Romeo and Juliet's words in Act I, scene v, lines 104-117.
Make a list in your journal of all the words that have a religious meaning. Why does your group think it contains so much religious imagery?
Act I, scene v, lines (118-122) help the reader understand something about the feelings of these characters. What is it?
Consider the emphasis on touching in the sonnet. What does this show you about the nature of Romeo and Juliet's relationship?
1. What does it feel like to fall in love? Try to explain to the best of your ability. How do these feelings influence your actions and decisions? How might it change as time passes?
Take a look at Friar Lawrence's speech (II,iii, 1-31). Summarize what he talks about including the Earth and the plant.
1. To what extent do the words of the Friar apply to Romeo even though Romeo doesn't hear them?
The belief that all events are beyond human control, or that things will happen in a certain way irrespective of what we do. Determinism says that if an event occurs there will be causes leading up to the event, and that if the event does not occur, that will alsve been caused. The determinist accepts that human beings are decision makers in the events that shape their lives. Probably no one is a pure fatalist, for the point of view that nothing we do can haave an influence on the outcome of life's events is clearly disproved every time we decide to have a meal.
Free will -
To exercise free will is notis not to be outside nature or the world of laws, both physical and human. Is it simply to be free of compulsion, to be free to exercise choice within the dimension of our personality.
Reading Quiz #1
1. Explain the setting of the play as explained in the prologue and the first scene of Act 1. Include where the play takes place, what happens, who is involved (meaning individuals and family names), and what the play will reveal to us as the reader?
2. What is foreshadowing? How does Shakespeare use foreshadowing in Romeo and Juliet? Provide two examples we talked about in class yesterday or a new one you discovered as we read.
3. When Lady Capulet first suggests that Juliet should begin to consider marriage (specifically to Paris), how does Juliet respond? What was the party really about anyway? How is this ironic?
Reading Quiz #2
1. In Act II scene iii, the Friar is surprised to find that Romeo is in love with Juliet. Why does this surprise him? Why does he agree to marry them?
2. Friar Lawrence tells Romeo "wisely slow. They stumble that run fast" (II, iii, 101). What does he mean, and how does this fit into the play as a whole? (Think
when you write your answer).
3. At the end of Act II, how many people know about Romeo and Juliet's marriage? Who?
Reading Quiz #3
1. Something big goes down in Act III scene i. What happens? Explain Benvolio's, Romeo's, Mercutio's, and Tybalt's role in this event.
2. Why would it be significant to remember that Mercutio said "A plague o' both your houses"? Why is this relevant to the play?
3. What does Romeo say that Juliet's love has done to him? Why does he call himself "fortune's fool"?
4. Benvolio explains the situation of events to the Prince. Summarize what he says and if he tells an accurate account or a fictional retelling of the event.
5. What happens to Romeo? How does Juliet react to this news? Find a quote that supports your answer.
6. The Friar and Romeo have two completely opposite reactions to the Prince's decision. Explain both sides using specific quotes and your own words.
7. How does the Friar convince Romeo to not kill himself? What is his plan?
8. What does Capulet tell his wife to say to Juliet? How does Juliet react when her mother tells her? How does Capulet react?
9. What does Juiet decide to do?
Reading Quiz #4
1. What is the Friar's new plan of action to stop the marriage between Paris and Juliet and get Romeo and Juliet back together? (Don't forget how Romeo will find out about it).
2. Juliet fears many things before she drinks the vial from Friar Lawrence. What four things does she fear?
3. What event are the Capulet's now preparing for?
Reading Quiz #5
1. When Benvolio brings Romeo news, what does he say and how does Romeo react? What does he mean when he says, "Then I defy you stars!"?
2. What does Romeo decide to do?
3. What does Friar John tell Friar Lawrence and why is this connected to the outcome of the play?
4. What is the Friar's new plan?
5. What does Paris think Romeo is doing at the Capulet tomb? What happens when he confronts Romeo?
6. What should have told Romeo that Juliet was not dead?
7. How do Montague and Capulet plan to honor the memories of their children? Why does this make Romeo and Juliet's deaths "not in vain"?