I dreamt a dream tonight by KVFeBY1l



                              “I dreamt a dream tonight”: Romeo and Juliet 1.4
                                    (adapted from Shakespeare Set Free)

      1. Romeo mentions a dream in 1.4. What do we know about this dream? What does it reveal
         about Romeo?

      2. Mercutio has some interesting ideas about dreams, too.

           a. On a clean sheet of paper, sketch a simple picture of Queen Mab and her carriage
              according to Mercutio’s description. The drawing does not need to be artistic, but it
              does need to be neat and clear.
              Label each part of your drawing with its corresponding line form the speech.

           b. According to Mercutio, what are the dreams that Queen Mab delivers for each of the
              following people?

               Lovers dream of:
               Courtiers1 (first mention) dream of:
               Lawyers dream of:
               Courtiers (second mention) dream of:
               A parson2 dreams of:
               A soldier dreams of:

           c. Is Queen Mab the queen of good dreams, nightmares, or both? Explain.

           d. Reread Mercutio’s exchange with Romeo at the end of the scene. What does Mercutio
              think of dreams?

           e. Why do you suppose Mercutio told such a fantastic story to Romeo?

           f. What kind of person is Mercutio?

    Someone in attendance at the king’s court
    Head priest of a country church

                                                     The Love Connection
                                              (adapted from Shakespeare Set Free)

          Task: Read the lines listed for each of the following characters. Draw some conclusions about each line or set of
          lines. What insights do they give into each character’s experiences with, feelings toward, or attitudes about love and
          marriage? Jot down these insights.

Character                                Lines                                                   Conclusions
 Romeo        “This love that thou hast shown / Doth add more
              grief to too much of mine own. / Love is a
              smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being
              purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; / Being
              vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears”
Benvolio      “By giving liberty unto thine eyes. / Examine
              other beauties” (1.1.235-236).

              “Tut man, one fire burns out another’s burning; /
              One pain is lessened by another’s anguish”

 Paris        “Younger than she are happy mothers made”                      Paris is eager to marry. Age is not an issue.

 Juliet       “It is an honor I dream not of” (1.2.71).

              “I’ll look to like, if looking liking move. / But no
              more deep will I endart mine eye / Than your
              consent gives strength to make it fly” (1.3.103-
 Lady         “Well, think of marriage now. Younger than you
Capulet       / Here in Verona, ladies of esteem, / Are made
              already mothers. By my count / I was your
              mother much upon these years / That you are
              now a maid” (1.3.75-79).

 Nurse        “No less? Nay, bigger. Women grow by men”

Mercutio      “If love be rough with you, be rough with love”

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