Objectives: <ul><li>To further explore Act One Scene One of the play… </li></ul>
Directing the actors: What do I need to know about my character, and their motivation? How should I deliver my lines here?
Example: You are a fiery, hot-tempered character. The audience needs to immediately see your inclination towards violence, and you should ‘spit out’ the word “peace” as if it is distasteful. Your reference to “hell” should convey the depth of your despise for the Montagues…
Reading: Act 1 Scene 1 continues; meeting Romeo…
Elements of Petrarchan love: <ul><li>Use of oxymoron </li></ul><ul><li>Use of antithesis </li></ul><ul><li>Woman is idealised </li></ul><ul><li>Man postures and displays lovesickness – love is painful! </li></ul><ul><li>Woman adopts a cool and disdainful attitudes towards the man </li></ul>
OXYMORON Two words or phrases that contradict each other; placed beside each other
DVD Clip: How does Baz Lurhmann effectively convey the key aspects of this scene?
Aspect of language Effect/Impact; what we might learn about character…
Example: Shakespeare provides the character of Romeo with a variety of oxymorons. The use of ‘feather of lead… O heavy lightness’ is effective at conveying Romeo’s confused state of mind and confusion over his love for Rosaline. it portrays love as a series of trials and contradictions, not a smooth running course…
Shakespeare portrays Romeo as a character ‘ In love with love’ – he is a passionate character who seems to enjoy the passions, trials and contradictions of being ‘in love’…
I’m a bit confused about my character here. How should I best play this scene, and how should the audience feel? ROMEO
Extension: <ul><li>We might view the language here as being rather obvious and not as sophisticated as other speeches by Romeo </li></ul><ul><li>His language when speaking to or about Juliet is far more beautiful and distinctive </li></ul><ul><li>What might Shakespeare be conveying here about Romeo’s love for Rosaline? </li></ul>
DVD Clip: Filling in the gaps: What happens between Scene 1 and 3?
The Nurse: <ul><li>Act 2 Scene 3: </li></ul><ul><li>What is conveyed about the character of the Nurse, and her relationship with Juliet? </li></ul><ul><li>Make 4 clear points, and back these up with textual evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Use the resource sheet if you need help </li></ul>
Who has the power in this scene? Why is it dramatically important?