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A review of terms studied during Mr. Sheehy's unit on Romeo and Juliet, as well as the rundown of a few of the most important speeches from the play.

A review of terms studied during Mr. Sheehy's unit on Romeo and Juliet, as well as the rundown of a few of the most important speeches from the play.

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    Romeo and Juliet: A closer look Romeo and Juliet: A closer look Presentation Transcript

    • Shakespeare: A closer look English 9
    • The Prologue
      • Two households, both alike in dignity
        • Two families who are basically the same
      • In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
        • In Verona, a nice place where this play takes place
      • From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
        • (these families), Who have been fighting for a looong time, break into new rounds of fighting
      • Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
        • And that fighting between fellow civilians draws other, law-abiding (“civil”) people or brings them guilt too.
    • The Prologue
      • From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
      • A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
        • Each of these rival families had a child, and they are the doomed lovers of the play
      • Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
      • Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.
        • And their tragic, sad story, which transcended the hatred of their families, ends with their death and finally finishes the war between the families.
    • The Prologue
      • The fearful passage of their death-marked love,
        • This scary way of their doomed love
      • And the continuance of the parents’ rage,
        • And the way their parents continue to fight
      • Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove,
        • And that fighting could be stopped only by their children’s death
      • Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
        • Is the topic of the coming play
    • The Prologue
      • The which if you with patient ears attend,
        • The play, if you will listen patiently
      • What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
        • Will fill in anything that is unclear from our prologue.
    • The Prologue: Beyond the surface
      • Word Play (puns!) – meaning one thing while bringing to mind another
        • civil blood makes civil hands unclean
        • with their death bury their parents’ strife
        • A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life
        • The fearful passage of their death-marked love
      • Emerging themes
        • Fate: fatal loins, star-crossed lovers
        • Good coming from bad: Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove
    • Terms to know from Go!
      • Aside : a character’s brief remark, made to the audience
        • Another character can hear it only when explicitly mentioned in the text (“aside to Gregory”)
      • Monologue : a long speech given by a character
        • Other characters can hear it
    • Pun: defined
      • A play on words
      • The word in question means more than one thing, giving the statement a type of double meaning
      • Example : Mercutio tells Romeo what his dream was about:
        • Romeo : Well, what was yours?
        • Mercutio : That dreamers often lie.
    • Oxymoron : defined
      • A contradiction
      • that at first seems impossible, but makes sense in the context it is used.
      • paired opposites
      • It is a literary play on words, similar to a pun.
    • Soliloquies
      • Definition: when a character talks to himself so the audience can hear.
      • A character always tells the truth in a soliloquy.
      • If other characters are on stage, they cannot hear the speaker’s words.
    • Romeo’s Soliloquy
      • Hyperbole : when a writer exaggerates to highlight a point being made
      • Imagery to look for
        • Light (day, night, sun, moon, stars)
      • What’s he doing?
        • Admiring her beauty
        • Deciding whether to talk to her
    • Romeo’s soliloquy
      • But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! (ll. 2-3)
        • Here begins the metaphor and imagery of Juliet as light. Note that Romeo exalts Juliet above the stars, sun, and moon.
      • Her eye discourses; I will answer it. I am too bold; ‘tis not to me she speaks (ll. 13-14)
        • He’s trying to decide whether to speak to her and whether he might be the object of her amorous looks.
    • Romeo’s soliloquy
      • What if her eyes were there, they in her head? The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night (ll. 18-22).
      • Back to the light imagery, again exalting Juliet as a source of light
      • Ever turn on a light during the day? Connect with the image.
      • Note how passionate his speech is.
    • Juliet’s famous soliloquy
      • She is not aware of Romeo’s presence.
      • She focuses on the silliness of the families’ battle – he is who he is, no matter what title he carries.
      • She brings the image of a transaction – trade your name in and take me in exchange.
    • Mercutio’s Last Words
      • Continues to play, even in death
        • “’ tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but ‘tis enough, ‘twill serve.”
        • “ Ask for me tomorrow, and you will find me a grave man.”
        • “ . . . a cat, to scratch a man to death!”
      • Moments of seriousness
        • “ A plague on both your houses!” (but what about this?)
        • “ Why the devil came you between us?”
    • Romeo, Ruled by Rashness
      • Romeo regrets his prior “lenity,” or thoughtfulness towards Tybalt
        • “ away to heaven respective lenity”
      • He vows that passionate anger will be his manner instead of kindness
        • “ fire-eyed fury be my conduct now”
      • His motivation is clearly revenge for Mercutio
    • Juliet’s Frustration with Romeo
      • She laments the contradictions present in Romeo
        • Waxes with a long list of oxymorons
        • The theme is that Romeo is beautiful on the outside and ugly within
      • This marks the only moment of wavering in Juliet’s love for Romeo
      • Moments later, she will regret these thoughts
    • Papa Capulet goes overboard
      • Here, Capulet finishes his train of abuse against Juliet with a threat
      • The threat : wed Paris Thursday
        • “or never after look me in the face”
      • He declares to his wife that having her is having a curse
        • “we have a curse in having her”
      • Sounds like he’ll regret such anger, eh?
    • The Nurse’s worst advice
      • Marry Paris – he’s hot
        • “ I think it best you married with the County, O, he’s a lovely gentleman!”
      • Still judging physical intimacy as the only important thing
        • “ Your first is dead – or ‘twere as good he were As living here and you no use of him.”
      • This is the last time Juliet trusts the Nurse
    • Romeo’s final words
      • Begins by noting the contradictions of life
        • “How oft when men are at the point of death Have they been merry!” (though says this is not the case with him)
      • Observes that Juliet has color in her face
        • “beauty's ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, And death's pale flag is not advanced there.”
        • Dramatic irony here!
    • Romeo’s final words
      • Speaks of himself as a victim of fate
        • “Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!”
        • “O, here / Will I . . . shake the yoke of inauspicious stars / From this world-wearied flesh.”