Romeo and Juliet Scenes 1-5

Verona In which northern Italian city is the play set?
To help us understand what’s going on What is the purpose of the prologue?
It’s very dark because people are dying Describe how the mood is conveyed through specific phrases and words.
a. It’s 14 lines and conveys his feelings about love b. Because it’s a romance story and sonnets express love The prologue is written in the form of a sonnet. a. Briefly discuss the structure of the sonnet and explain what type of sonnet this is.b. Suggest why the use of this poetic form is appropriate for Romeo and Juliet.
It grabs your attention and backs up the prologue Romeo and Juliet is supposedly a love story. Why do you think Shakespeare begins it with a violent street fight?
The Capulets For which family do Gregory and Sampson work?
Coals, colliers, choler, collar A pun is a play on words. It is a form of joking, using words which sound the same but have different meanings. a. Write down the words in the first four lines which create the pun.
“We’ll not carry coals” Won’t put up with insults
Choler We will draw our swords
He wants to stop the fight and keep the peace Benvolio’s name means “well-wishing”. How does our first encounter with him help to establish him as a “well-wishing” character?
He wants to continue the feud and he supports the food; heartless What impression do you have of Tybalt and his attitude to this feud?
They will have to go to trial and be executed Prince Escalus scolds Capulet and Montague. What punishment will they suffer if their followers fight in the street again?
He’s depressed b/c the girl he loved doesn’t like him back and he won’t eat, sleep, etc. Romeo is introduced as a typical romantic lover. Describe his behavior.
Look for a new girl What advice does Benvolio give to his lovesick cousin?
Count Paris relative of the Prince and suitor to Juliet
Almost 14 How old is Juliet?
Juliet has to like the suitor What condition does Lord Capulet make on Juliet’s behalf concerning the proposal?
So he can see Rosaline Why does Romeo decided to gatecrash the Capulet’s feast?
He’s telling Romeo that he will find someone prettier and better than Rosaline How are Benvolio’s words “and she shall scant show well that now seems best” prophetic?
She’s more of a mother to Juliet than Juliet’s own mother; she’s funny; she lost her daughter, Susan What do we learn of the Nurse’s character in this scene?
Lady C: doesn’t care what Juliet wants Juliet: it’s an honor she doesn’t dream of; she’s not ready yetNurse: physical appearance and Juliet’s happiness Lady Capulet, the Nurse, and Juliet reveal different attitudes to love and marriage. Write each one of their views.
“Under love’s heavy burden do I sink” Romeo is still depressed and lovesick. Quote one of his lines which shows his state of mind
Energetic, fun, wild, sarcastic, makes fun of Romeo What’s our first impression of Mercutio?
When Romeo said he has a bad feeling “some consequence yet hanging in the stars” What hint is given in this scene that something tragic will happen?
He is saying she is like an angel and she’s gonna have to die to be off this earth Romeo sees Juliet for the first time. How are his words “Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!” Both ironic and ominous?
Juliet is the prettiest one compared to all the other girls who can’t compete Discuss the metaphor Romeo uses in “so shows a snowy dove trooping with crows” when he describes Juliet.
Tybalt wanted to fight and Lord Capulet says he is a good kid and is okay with it How does Tybalt react when he recognizes Romeo and what is Lord Capulet’s reaction?
a. This is when they fall in love b. Palmers, saints, sin Romeo and Juliet’s first words form a perfect sonnet. a. Why is the poetic structure appropriate?b. The language they use is associated with holiness. Give three examples.
a. The one guy she loves is her family’s enemyb. Sad, frustrated “My only love, sprung from my only hate!/ too early seen unknown, and known too late! a. What does Juliet mean?b. What tone would she say them and why?

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