Romeo and Juliet
1. Vocabulary: Match word and definition.
Words that may come in handy. Match the words in the left column with the explanations in the right column, and write the word over the definition.
imagery | Word: Simile a comparison using “like” or “as” |
soliloquy | Word: Run-on lines which the sense runs from one line to the next; lines which are not end-stopped. |
blank verse | Word: Assonance the repetition of vowel sounds |
tragic flaw | Word: Imagery language that produces pictures in the ...view middle of the document...
e. “pass away” instead of “die” |
aside | Word: Stage platform or area in a theatre on which the plays are performed to an audience |
3. Prologue task: Complete the sonnet.
mend scene overthrows attend love strife unclean stage foes remove life mutiny rage
Use all the words in the box below to complete this sonnet – read more about sonnets under Literary terms. Please note that some of the words are explained underneath.
dignity honour and social rank
civilblood, civil hands the hands of civilians, / fellow-citizens
from forth the fatal loins ud af disse skæbnesvangre lænde (født af)
starcrossed under the unfriendly influence of stars
overthrows downfalls (noun)
doth 3. person singularis af do, selvom overthrows er flertal. Almindeligt brugt på Shakespeares tid
death-marked love love which is bound to die/be destroyed
which but their … which nothing but their death could …
two hours' traffic two hours’ activity, goings-on
Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona where we lay our___________________________
From ancient grudge break to new ________________________
Where civil blood makes civil hands_______________________
From forth the fatal loins of these two______________________
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their______________________
Whose misadventured piteous____________________________
Doth with their death bury their parents' ____________________
The fearful passage of their death-marked___________________
And the continuance of their parents' _______________________
Which, but their children's end, nought could_________________
Is now the two hours' traffic of our _________________________
The which, if you with patient ears_________________________
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to __________________
ACT 1, SCENE 5
2. Define the following words.
Word | Definition |
profane | |
holy shrine | |
sin | |
pilgrims | |
wrong (vb) | |
devotion | |
palmers | |
faith | |
despair | |
purged | |
trespass | |
9. Romeo and Juliet’s true feelings: statements. Agree/disagree task.
Discuss in pairs or groups of four whether you agree or disagree with the following statements, and support your decisions with evidence from the text.
a) Romeo uses this imagery to show that his love is pure.
b) Romeo uses this imagery because he wants to appear holy.
c) Romeo is genuinely in love.
d) Juliet has immediately fallen in love with Romeo.
e) Juliet is shocked by Romeo’s direct approach.
f) Juliet knows that the man she is talking to is a Montague.
g) The atmosphere in this passage is threatening.
h) Romeo is the more active of the two here.
The Balcony Scene, ACT II, SCENE 1
COMPREHENSION AND ANALYSIS
5. Characterize Romeo and Juliet respectively.