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Romeo and Juliet

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Brittany Preiss

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

- Time of high crime and cruel
- Two major religions were
Catholic and Protestant
- Feuding religions
- The rich became richer and
poor became poorer

Elizabethan Era
Famous Elizabethans:
- Edmund Spenser (Poet)
- Christopher Marlowe (Poet)
- Francis Bacon (Philosopher/Author)


So Let's Talk about Will
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564, and died on his birthday in 1616.
The Virgin Queen
The Elizabethan Era was named after Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth ruled from 1558-1603
She is called the Virgin Queen because Queen Elizabeth never married
She enjoyed music, art, and literature
Shakespeare Begins his Career
In 1592, Shakespeare began to make a name for himself as an actor and playwright after moving to London
Let's Get Started!
Before we start reading, we must understand the time period in which William Shakespeare lived and wrote.
William Shakespeare
But... What else was going on?
He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and they had three children together. After the birth of their twins, there are 7 years of Shakespeare's life that are called the "lost years" because very little is known about him during this time
By 1597, 15 of his 37 plays were published and by 1599 Shakespeare and his business partners created the famous Globe Theater
Romeo and Juliet
was first published in 1597
About the Play
Romeo and Juliet, one of the most known plays by Shakespeare, is considered a tragedy. A tragedy is defined as the downfall of a main character or characters. Tragedies seek to bring out strong emotions from the reader.
In a nutshell, it is a love story that does not end well...
To understand the play, you must understand IAMBIC PENTAMETER
Works Cited
Background Information:
The play is set in Verona, Italy.
The main characters consist of the two characters named in the title, Romeo and Juliet.
The time period is the Renaissance.
Why does the play sound so...
That is because it is written in
iambic pentameter
Iambic Pentameter:
We are going to read
Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare
"The Golden Age" in English History
Height of the English Renaissance
English literature and poetry flourished
Brief time of peace between battles between the Catholics and Protestants and the battle between the monarch and parliament.
More About the Play
The play is divided into five acts, which was a common setup during the Elizabethan Era. Each act is divided into several scenes.
Act One
The play begins with a prologue that is spoken by the chorus, which is a group of people who typically speak the lines together.
The prologue is written in sonnet form.
The Shakespearean Sonnet
A sonnet is made up of fourteen lines.
The first four lines, called a quatrain, have a rhyme scheme of abab and set up the topic of the sonnet
The next four lines have a similar rhyme scheme of cdcd. This section of the sonnet expands upon the first four lines.
The sonnet concludes with a couplet, or two lines that rhyme and bring about some sort of conclusion to the sonnet.
The third quatrain, or set of four lines have the rhyme pattern of efef
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