Group Review of The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet DIRECTIONS: In your small group, you will have 30 seconds to discuss your answer to the question before delivering it to the class. Select one person to speak for your group. Other groups will have a chance to steal if the group gets it wrong. Act I, scene i Act I, scene v Shakespearean Trivia Board Act I review Conflict 5 pts. Characterization 5 pts. Motivation 5 pts. Foreshadowing 10 pts. Pun 10 pts. Paradox 10 pts. Aside 15 pts. Family Tree 15 pts. Analogy 15 pts. •Conflict. Discuss the sources of tension in the first scene. Why are these characters upset? •Characterization. Describe the Nurse. Describe her relationship with Juliet. • Motivation. Who are Romeo’s friends and what is their plan in scenes 2-5? Discuss the debate they have with Romeo, as well as their motivations for this plan. • Foreshadowing. The Prologue states that this is the story of “star-crossed lovers.” There are four strong foreshadowings of evil in Act 1. Identify at least one foreshadowing and explain its purpose. • Pun. A pun is a play on words. Usually a pun involves words that sound alike, even though they are spelled differently and have different meanings. In scene 4, Romeo is punning when he tells Mercutio why he cannot dance. “You have dancing shoes / With nimble soles. I have a soul of lead / So stakes me to the ground I cannot move” (1.4.14-16). What is Romeo’s pun? Find another example of punning in Act I. – SAMPSON- I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw. GREGORY- Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o' the collar. – ROMEO- I dream'd a dream to-night. MERCUTIO- And so did I. ROMEO- Well, what was yours? MERCUTIO- That dreamers often lie. • Paradox. A paradox is a statement that appears to contradict itself, but on closer examination reveals a truth. For example, when Juliet describes Romeo as “My only love, sprung from my only hate!” (1.5.152) she appears to contradict herself. On closer examination, however, you understand that she realizes a sad fact: Romeo, her “only love,” belongs to the Montague family, a family she has been taught to despise since birth, hence, her “only hate.” In scene 1, Romeo describes his love for Rosaline in a series of paradoxes. Choose two paradoxes and explain them. Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will! Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here's much to do with hate, but more with love. Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing, of nothing first create! O heavy lightness! serious vanity! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh? • Aside. An aside is a remark whispered by one character to another, which other characters on stage are not supposed to hear. In Scene 1, for example, when Sampson and Gregory pick a fight with the Montagues, they plan their strategy through whispered asides. Find another example of an aside in Act 1 and explain how it is used. • Family Tree. Match each of the following characters to one the families: • Montagues, Capulets, or Prince Escalus. Benvolio Mercutio Tybalt Nurse Paris Juliet Gregory Romeo Analogy: In Act I, scene 5 lines 92-105 Romeo and Juliet speak to each other in a sonnet. Paraphrase the lines of the sonnet, explaining the analogy that Romeo uses to woo Juliet. ROMEO: If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. JULIET: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss. ROMEO: Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? JULIET: Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. ROMEO: O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. JULIET: Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake. ROMEO: Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged. JULIET: Then have my lips the sin that they have took. ROMEO: Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again.
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