The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Tragedy A play that goes from happiness to sadness.ex. Romeo and Juliet
Brief Usually a 24 hour period.ex. Sunday through Friday in the play
Tragic Fall Going from a high position in life into a low one.ex. Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Paris, and Tybalt. They are all youthful, attractive, wealthy, full of life, and all needlessly dead.
Tragic Flaw A character trait that causes the tragic fall. ex. Romeo’s rashness.
Balance Ex. Three dead from each side- An only child, a cousin, and an outsider.
The Flaw Thoughtless decisions.ex. Romeo killing Tybalt
Fate “Star crossed””I am fortune’s fool!””I defy you stars!”
Feud Hatredex. “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
Chance Coincidence and risk-taking.
Choice Good choice?Bad choice?
Youth How old is Juliet?How old is Romeo?
Fatigue How much sleep has Romeo had in that week?
The Weather What problems does hot weather cause for people?
Love Romeo and Juliet
Poor Communication Romeo hears the news of Juliet’s “death” too soon.
Mercutio First Death (By Tybalt)
Tybalt Second Death (By Romeo)
Paris Third Death (By Romeo)
Romeo Fourth Death (By Romeo)
Juliet Fifth Death (By Juliet)
Lady Montague Sixth Death (By grief of Romeo’s banishment)
Apothecary Seventh Death (By selling poison, authorities).
Setting Verona, Italy
Time Period 14th Century
Romeo’s Name Pilgrim to Rome.
Juliet’s Name Child of July.
Mercutio’s Name God of Mercury.
Tybalt’s Name Theobold: Bold, Agressive.
Benvolio’s Name Well wisher/Peace maker.
Balthasar’s Name One of three wisemen (Biblical)
Abraham’s Name Biblical Name from Montague.
Sampson’s Name Capulet servant name that is biblical.
Peter Capulet Biblical name.
Susan Nurse’s daughter (Biblical name)

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