Romeo and Juliet Act V

What is a tragedy? a drama where the protagonist meets with disaster or great misfortune
Of what is the protagonist’s downfall in a tragedy usually the result? – fate- a character flaw
Why does the protagonist’s downfall in a tragedy always seem worse than what he/she really deserves? The protagonist is usually of high noble status.
Overall, is a great tragedy depressing? Why or why not? No, it uplifts the audience by showing them the greatness of spirit human beings are capable of.
What is a theme? the central idea or insight about life in a work of literature
Describe the theme of a tragedy? It is an insight that explains why the protagonist suffers the downfall.
How does Scene 1 open? Romeo is talking about dreams.
Who comes to Romeo early in Scene 1, and what news does he/she give him? How does Romeo react to the news? Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead.Romeo does is not emotional this time. Instead, he tells himself that he now must find a way to kill himself.
To whom does Romeo go later in Scene 1? Why? He goes to an apothecary to buy a poison to kill himself.
Why does the apothecary give Romeo the poison? Does the apothecary really want to do this? The apothecary does not want to sell Romeo poison because it is against the law, but he sells it to him because he is poor.”My poverty but not my will consents.”
How does Scene 2 open? Friar Lawrence and Friar John are talking to each other.
Why does Romeo not receive the letter describing Friar Lawrence’s plan? How does Friar Lawrence react to this? Friar Lawrence gave the letter to Friar John to give to Romeo. Friar John then went to find another friar to accompany him, but the house he went into to find him was suddenly suspected of being infected with the bubonic plague and quarantined. He was stuck inside the house.Friar Lawrence remains calm and does not panic.
What does Friar Lawrence decide to do at the end of Scene 2? He will go to Juliet’s tomb when she wakes up and tell her about the change in the plan.
How does Scene 3 open up? Paris is mourning and laying flowers beside Juliet’s tomb.
Describe the sequence of events in Scene 3. – Paris is laying flowers beside Juliet’s grave.- Romeo appears.- Paris and Romeo fight, and Romeo kills Paris.- Paris asks Romeo to lay his body next to Juliet’s, which he does.- Romeo sits beside Juliet, drinks the poison, and dies.- Friar Lawrence appears and discovers the deaths of Romeo and Paris- Juliet wakes up.- Friar Lawrence hears a noise outside that scares him (the people of Verona coming to see what happened), so he quickly tells her about Romeo and Paris’s deaths and says that if she comes with him, he will place her in the convent.- Friar Lawrence runs away, but refusing to follow him, Juliet stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger and dies.- the Capulets, the Montagues, and the Prince appear.- Montague says that her wife died from a “broken heart” because of Romeo’s exile.- Friar Lawrence appears and tells the Prince the reasons behind Romeo, Juliet, and Paris’s deaths.- The Prince chides Sir Capulet and Sir Montague for the destruction that their rivalry has caused.- Sir Capulet gives Sir Montague Juliet’s wedding gift, to which Sir Montague says that he will make a gold statue of Juliet. Sir Capulet says that he will do the same with Romeo.
Why is Paris disgusted at the sight of Romeo in Scene 3? All Paris knows about Romeo is that he killed Tybalt, so Paris only sees him as an enemy who may be coming to commit a crime against Juliet’s tomb.
At the beginning of Scene 1, why is Romeo happy and expecting joyful news? Romeo has always believed that dreams predict joyful news.
How do Romeo and Juliet die? Romeo – drinks the poison beside JulietJuliet – stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger after seeing Romeo’s dead body
How does the relationship between the Capulets and the Montagues change at the end of the play? After seeing all the destruction that their rivalry has caused, the two families finally make peace with each other.
Receiving Balthasar’s news of Juliet’s death, Romeo exclaims, “Then I defy you, stars!” What does he mean by this, and how are his words consistent with his character? By “stars”, Romeo is referring to astrology, the idea that the alignment of the stars predicts outcomes. By saying that he is going to defy the stars, he says that he is going to defy and change his fate of living without Juliet by killing himself.Romeo has always believed that dreams predict outcomes, so it makes sense that he would also believe in astrology.
Explain why the following words of Romeo over Juliet’s death is ironic:”Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath,Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.Thou art not conquered. Beauty’s ensign yet.And death’s pale flag is not advanced there.” He says that Juliet is dead, but he says that her beauty is not.
In a good play, the ending develops from the preceding action. How would preceding events have to be changed so that Romeo and Juliet could live a happy ending? Capulet should have not given the letter to the illiterate servant.Friar John should not have went into the house.The apothecary should have refused to give Romeo the poison.Romeo should not have jumped in between Mercutio and Tybalt.Romeo should not have killed Tybalt.
What character traits of Romeo and Juliet may have led them to their downfall? Romeo: emotionally unstable, desperate for love, impulsivrJuliet: impatient
What events reveal the tragic influence of fate or chance? Friar John getting stuck in the quarantined housethe illiterate servant finding RomeoParis asking to marry Juliet
What other causes or conditions are important to the way the events turn out? the rivalry between the Montagues and CapuletsFriar Lawrence having a sleeping potion in the first place.
What is the general theme of Romeo and Juliet? Unexpected occurrences and flawed character can lead to misunderstandings and the destruction of love.
Interpret the metaphorical language: “My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne . . .” (Romeo at the beginning of Scene 1) Romeo is comparing Juliet to gentle person of high noble status.gentle: “lightly”high noble status: “lord”, “throne”
Interpret the metaphorical language: “There is thy gold-worse poison to men’s souls . . .” (Romeo to the apothecary) Romeo is trying to make the apothecary not feel bad by comparing the money that Romeo is giving him to the poison that the apothecary is giving him. Romeo is saying that because of the greed that money causes, it is much worse than the poison that the apothecary is selling him.
Interpret the metaphorical language: “Thou detestable maw, . . . Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth . . .” (Romeo opening Juliet’s tomb) Romeo is chiding the earth for “eating” Juliet.

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