Literary devices R&J/ Novel assignment #1

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Monday, October 23rd

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- Literature: Literary devices in Romeo and Juliet
- Work on novel assignment #1
- Finished? Get started on the SE Literature mock test

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Literary devices in Romeo and Juliet

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Important literary devices:
1. Prose and verse

R&J is mostly written in verse, but prose is also used. Prose is used for more common situations or people (such as the nurse).

* verse = has a set rhythm and structure
* prose = conversational way of speaking (no rhythm)

2. Antithesis (oxymoron)

In Romeo’s ‘Banished’ speech in Act 3 Scene 3, he uses antithesis to describe how it feels to be separated from Juliet. ''Tis torture and not mercy’ (Romeo, 3:3) is just one example. Opposites like light and dark and heaven and hell are used a lot in Romeo and Juliet.

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3. Dramatic irony

The audience is aware of the fate of the characters, but the characters are unaware of the implications of the meanings.

The best example can be found in the prologue.

Other examples:
Act 1, scene 4:
Before Romeo meets Juliet at the ball, for example, he says his ‘mind misgives / Some consequence yet hanging in the stars'.
Act 3 scene 5:
Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, / As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.

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4. Soliloquy 

A monologue that gives an insight into the character's inner feelings. It is delivered when the character is alone on stage.

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.”

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5. Allegory (and why it's different from metaphor)

An allergory acts as a symbol, usually has a hidden meaning and makes a reference to religion, morality or politics.

'For saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch'
'Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized'

They both refer to...?

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6. Blank verse

A type of poetry that does not have a rhyme scheme, but has a regular meter: rhythm!
Usually in iambic pentameter (remember the 10 syllables, 5 stressed ones, similar to the Shakespearean sonnet)

Let's read p. 58/ 59 in your reader for more information about literary devices and important themes and ideas in the play.

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Novel assignment
Today's aim: Prepare yourself for the SE Speaking in test week #3 by working on an assignment about your novel.

Choose 1 of 4 assignments to work on. Find all the information you need in Magister Opdrachten!

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Choose what to do
Have you finished and handed in your novel assignment?

Then choose what to do next:
1. Study for your English test in TW 1.
2. Get started on the SE Literature mock test on the Magister SW.

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- Study for your English test in TW 1.
- Bring your device and Literature reader to class.

We're going to take a look at your SE Essay in class as well.

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