Literature lesson 5 January 2021

Shakespeare: recap
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This lesson contains 20 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 4 videos.

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Shakespeare: recap

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Type one thing that you know about Shakespeare

Slide 2 - Mind map

In a nutshell...
  • 10 tragedies, 10 histories, 17 comedies, 154 sonnets
  • married Anne Hathaway
  • left Stratford-upon-Avon for London
  • worked as an actor, then as a playwright

(Elizabethan) threatre:
  • popular entertainment
  • outside the city boundaries - why?
  • Elizabethan theatre:
a. interaction between cast and audience 
b. no women allowed on stage
c. great emphasis on actor's costumes
d. little scenery, few props
e. seating - wealthy people in raised galleries

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Romeo and Juliet

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What do you know about Romeo and Juliet?

Slide 5 - Mind map

Romeo and Juliet
  • 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'
  • Shakespeare squeezed a 9-month story into a 5-day story and he changed Juliet's age (from 16 to almost 14). See link for other comparisons.
  • other Shakesperean tragedies: Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear.
  • Tragedy = fate & destiny 

Interesting link:

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Take notes while watching
As you watch, make notes. What have you learned about:

The Montagues
The Capulets
Count Paris
Friar Lawrence

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Slide 8 - Video

Which character is your favourite and why?

Slide 9 - Open question


Slide 10 - Video

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

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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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Act 1 Scene 5
Watch the play and read your the lines in your reader (page 42, from 'If I profane...')

What is this scene about? 

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Slide 14 - Video

Literary devices in this scene
  • Sonnet
  • 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
Read this extract from the famous balcony scene, where 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.

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Translate the extract into Modern English

Slide 17 - Open question


Slide 18 - Video


Use your reader and you will read the same extract while watching.
 Open to page '42' and focus on the second column of the page which begins with 'After the party Romeo does not join..'.

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