Literature Reader Romeo and Juliet

Literature: Romeo and Juliet (part 1)
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Literature: Romeo and Juliet (part 1)

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- Information about the novel assignment
- Literature: Romeo and Juliet

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Novel assignment
- Assignment on Magister Opdrachten
- 4 assignments: pick one!
- Deadline is Friday, February 4th

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Romeo and Juliet

Turn to page 45

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What do you know about Romeo and Juliet?

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Genres of Shakespeare's plays
In a nutshell:
  • 37 plays
  • 10 tragedies, 10 histories, 17 comedies

  1. Tragedy: character is flawed (Look, this is what happens if ...), people die
  2. History: based on histories of English kings
  3. Comedy: romantic play, ends well, usually in marriage

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What is the genre of 'Romeo and Juliet', do you think?

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Romeo and Juliet
  • officially classified as a tragedy (a romantic comedy?)
  • romance & young love, humour and witty dialogues
  • written in the 1590s
  • taken from Arthur Brooke's poem 'Tragical Historye of Romeus & Juliet'                                                   Interesting link:
  • Shakespeare squeezed a 9-month story into a 5-day story and he changed Juliet's age (from 16 to 13). See link for other comparisons.
  • other Shakesperean tragedies: Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear. (Read what it says on p. 41/42)
  • Tragedy = fate & destiny 

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Take notes while watching
As you watch a summary of the play, make notes. What have you learned about:

The Montagues
The Capulets
Count Paris
Friar Lawrence

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Which character is your favourite and why?

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Key moments and facts

Act 1 scene 1: the scene is set
Act 1 scene 4: R&J meet for the first time
Act 2 scene 1 (or 2 in many editions): the balcony scene
Act 2 scene 5: R&J get married in secret
Act 3 scene 1: Romeo kills Tybalt
Act 3 scene 5: The unhappy couple are parted
Act 4 scene 1: Dangerous solution
Act 5 scene 1: Romeo finds out Juliet is 'dead' and plans suicide
Act 5 scene 3: Romeo kills Paris, drinks poison. Juliet wakes up, stabs herself to death with Romeo's knife. Montagues & Capulets are reconciled.

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What are some of the important
themes of the play?

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Listen to Jade's interview and jot down the important themes of the play.

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Act 1 Scene 5: Romeo and Juliet meet
We're at the Capulet house and there's a masked ball in honour of Juliet meeting her fiancé Paris.

Watch the play and read the lines in your reader (page 45, from 'Did my heart love till now? ...')

What is this specific interaction about?

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Juliet's mother

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Literary devices in this scene
  • Sonnet (divided among Romeo's and Juliet's lines)
  • Metaphor ('holy shrine', 'two blushing pilgrims')
  • Simile ('As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear')
  • Soliloquy (a long speech given by the speaker to himself)

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The famous balcony scene

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Read this extract from the famous balcony scene, in which Juliet is talking about her love for Romeo.

Shakespeare’s original version
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy.

Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.

What’s Montague?
It is nor hand, nor foot,

Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part

Belonging to a man.
O, be some other name!

What’s in a name?
That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.
Modern English
Only your name is my enemy.You’d be yourself even if you weren’t a Montague.
What is a Montague?
It isn’t a hand, foot, arm, face, or any other body part.
Oh, change your name!
What does a name mean?
A rose would smell as sweet
even if we called it by some other name.

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... to bring your Literature reader to class tomorrow for Romeo and Juliet, part 2.
... to think about your SE Literature: is there anything that's still unclear to you?

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