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  • Different people define love in the play What is Romeo’s version? Does it change? What about Juliet? Does her love develop? What does Mercutio think of love? Is there a difference of opinion about love depending on social status? (age, wealth, marrital status) The hate between the two families is undefined Why do the two families hate each other? Does the love Romeo and Juliet have change because of the feud? How do the different generations view the severity of the feud?

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  • Romeo & Juilet By William Shakespeare Amanda Oliver Central Michigan University
  • A Brief History
    • Written in the mid 1590s by William Shakespeare
    • First documented performance was 1662
    • Many producers of the show “rewrote” the ending so Romeo and Juliet could be together
    • In the nineteenth and twentieth century Romeo & Juliet gained popularity again
      • West Side Story
      • 18 films have been produced of this story
    http://www.shakespeare-online.com/playanalysis/romeoplayhistory.html
  • Prologue
    • The scene is Verona, Italy and this is the story of two wealthy families. Even though the families hate each other, their children fall in love. Their love meets many obstacles and because of a misunderstanding, they kill each other for love. Their death brings the two families together and mends the feud.
    http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.html
  • Main Characters
    • Romeo- the only son of the Montague household
      • is in love with Rosaline at the beginning of the show, but falls for Juliet at first sight
    • Juliet- the only daughter of the Capulet household
      • Also falls for Romeo instantly, but is pledged to wed Paris
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Characters (cont.)
    • Mercutio- a nobleman related to the Prince of Verona, this loud spoken man is one of Romeo’s closest friends
    • Benvolio- a relative of Romeo and another close friend, the most level headed of the group
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Characters (cont.)
    • Rosaline- Mentioned at the beginning of the play as Romeo’s love interest but she is soon forgotten when Romeo meets Juliet
    • Tybalt Capulet- Juliet’s blood thirsty cousin
      • He kills Mercutio
      • Romeo kills Tybalt
    • Paris- Juliet’s betrothed, he is Romeo’s foil, impassionate
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Characters (cont.)
    • Friar Lawerence- the Holy man that tries to advise the lovers, weds Romeo and Juliet and helps devise a plan to keep the couple together
    • Nurse- a confidant of Juliet, she also aides the lovers to keep their affair a secret
    • Prince of Verona- He only wants peace in his city, he represents the law, which has little affect on both households
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Love and Hate Two main sources of strife in the play http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/flem007_uk/2686002470/in/photostream/
  • Sex
    • The whole play seems to be super charged with sex
      • Is Romeo and Juliet’s love “real love?”
    The balcony. Painting by Ford Madox Brown, 1870. Public domain.
  • Marriage
      • In Western culture, most people marry for love, however this was not the case for Romeo and Juliet
        • Keep in mind they are high school age
          • Romeo is about 16 and Juliet is only 13
      • Why is Juliet getting married so early in life to Paris?
      • What are some of the reasons her family is pressuring her to get married?
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Religion as a Metaphor
      • Many of the text relates to love as a religion
        • "Call me but love and I'll be new baptized" (2.2.4).
        • Romeo calls Juliet a "saint" and implies that he'd really like to "worship" her body (1.5.2).
        • Romeo's "hand" would be "blessed" if it touched the divine Juliet's (1.5.1).
      • Years before Shakespeare wrote this play, love was considered as holy as religion
      • Just like religion, love can become life-consuming and change people
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Oxymora Galore!
      • What is an Oxymoron?
        • is the combination of two terms ordinarily seen as opposites.
      • Shakespeare uses this literary device many times throughout the play
        • Can you name a few examples?
        • Why do you think he did this?
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Queen Mab
    • First the basics:
        • Queen Mab is a tiny fairy that preys on sleeping victims
        • She induces wild dreams
          • What concoct she do for lovers? Soldiers? Lawyers?
        • When she is in a bad mood she plagues women “that dream of ‘kisses’ ” with cold sores
        • Her name Mab, was slang in Shakespeare’s time for whore
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • Queen Mab (cont.)
    • Mercutio’s story about the infamous fairy is in response to Romeo’s moping about Rosaline
    • His crazy story pokes fun at how crazy Romeo is for loving this girl that doesn’t love him
    • Mercutio points out that dreams "are the children of an idle brain,” calling Romeo stupid for dreaming his life away
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
  • The End
    • Even from the beginning is was clear Romeo and Juliet were going to die
      • The prologue mentions it clearly
      • Death is a theme throughout the play
    • Death eventually brings the two families together
      • Prince comments that it is “"glooming peace" (5.3.11).”
    http://www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/
    • Mike_fleming Image on slide Nine <http://www.flickr.com/photos/flem007_uk/2686002470/sizes/o/in/photostream/>
    • Mabillard, Amanda. Sources for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare Online . 21 Nov. 2001. February 27, 2011. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/playanalysis/romeoplayhistory.html >.
    • Shakespeare, William. Romeo & Juliet. Romeo and Juliet: Entire Play. 1591.
    • February 27, 2011. http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.html
    • Shmoop Editorial Team. “Romeo and Juliet.” Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 27 Feb. 2011.