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Romeo and Juliet

Introduction to Romeo and Juliet

Jennifer Ludgate

on 5 December 2014

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet

In your pairs discuss and then write down everything and anything you already know in your books. However obvious it may seem!
Romeo and Juliet

Pick a line of the play.
Mumble it to yourself!

“ Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend”
Did you know?

The play is based on a dreary
poem called 'The Tragicall Historye of
Romeus and Juliet'.
It was written around 1595-1595: We only
know this because of the reference to an earthquake and its
close links with A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Learning Objectives:
To understand what a prologue is.

To become aware of the type of language used in the play.

To identify the themes of the play from the prologue.
Shakespeare wrote all his plays
in verse. Verse is a type of poetry - this means it has been thought about.
He wrote it in
blank verse.
First rule of
blank verse
is there is no
The second rule is that it has a rhythm
known as
Iambic Pentameter.
Why might Shakespeare sometimes
break his own rules?
Highlight in one colour:
Words that relate to
Highlight in another colour words that relate to
Using one of the ideas from the
Fate, Hate, Love and Death
- you are
going to work together to create
a new section of blank verse for the prologue.
You may need to:
Change the word order to make it sounds Shakespearean
Add words which sound more appropriate
You must aim for 10 'beats' in the line.
Trailers: What to look for:

What does the trailer reveal about the story?
How does it do this?
What do you think is going to happen?
What questions do we still have?
If we know trailers
are similar to prologues
what is the point of a prologue?

Read through the prologue.
Each table has a section to annotate.
Underline the key words on the table.
Annotate the line.
See Example:

What do you think those keywords can mean?
Use the dictionaries.
Use the sheet to order the ideas or rewrite into modern English.

Name 4 themes you think we will
discover in the play.
To understand the prologue is poetry - a sonnet
with a particular pattern.
To understand the term 'Blank Verse'
To understand the term 'Iambic Pentameter'
Work out the rhyme scheme.
What is the pattern of this sonnet?
a - dignity
b - scene
a - mutiny
b - unclean
c - foes
d - life
c - overthrows
d - strife
e - love
f - rage
e - remove
f - stage
g - attend
g - mend
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