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Romeo and Juliet A play by William Shakespeare Text Review… The Play’s History • First published in 1597 in Quarto one, which many consider the bad quarto. It then went through three other publications. The version usually read is the 1923 version published in the First Folio. • The play is based on several different sources, but taken largely from Arthur Brooke’s Poem Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet Excerpt of Brooke’s Poem Style and Language Rom. When the devout religion of mine eye Maintains such • 5 Acts falsehood, then turn tears to fires! And these, who often drown’d • Sonnets open First and could never die,Transparent Second Acts heretics, be burnt for liars! One fairer than my love! the all-seeing • Language is filled with sun Ne’er saw her match since oxymoron, puns and first the world begun 1:2:76-82 paradoxes Rom. Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much • Notice a shift in excuse the appertaining rage To language when Romeo such a greeting; villain am I none, Therefore farewell; I see thou and Juliet fall in love. know’st me not. 3:1:36-39 Example left. Style and Language Continued 4 Tragic Elements - Pride, i.e.family pride - Death, i.e. Mercutio - Pain, i.e. false death of Juliet - Loss, i.e. everyone loses Themes • Family Feuds • Love and Hate • Innocence, virtue, and beauty can be destroyed by hate. • Vengeance and Forgiveness • Despair and Hope The Characters: Romeo • He is a Montague • As the play opens he is in love with Rosalind • Kills Juliet’s cousin and then is banished • Matures over the course of the play • Is his love real or is he a ladies man? The Characters: Juliet • She is a Capulet • She is fourteen • Initiates marriage idea • Drinks potion given by Friar Lawrence so that she can be free with Romeo • Is she independent or does she need a man in her life? The Characters: The Montague's Lord and Lady Montague - Romeo’s Parents, heads of the Montague household Benvolio – Lord Montague’s Nephew and Romeo’s friend. He also is a kinsman to the prince. Balthasar – Servant to Romeo, informs him of Juliet’s false death Abraham – Servant to Montague The Characters: The Capulets Lord and Lady Capulet – Parents to Juliet and heads of the Capulet household Tybalt – Nephew to Lord Capulet, kills Mercutio and is killed by Romeo Sampson and Gregory – Servants to Lord Capulet Nurse – Juliet’s Nurse who is also her friend and confidant The Characters: The people of fair Verona Escalus - Prince of Verona. Paris – Young Nobleman, promised to marry Juliet. Mercutio – Kinsman to the prince and friend to Romeo Friar Lawrence – Secretly marries Romeo and Juliet The Setting Takes place in Verona Italy. Over the course of the play the characters, are on a beach, in the marketplace, at a party at the Capulet’s and another city called Mantua. Questions? Take Quiz!
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