Romeo & Juliet’s Love: Worksheet for Act 2 Scii

First Instructions:

Take two sheets of A4 paper and turn it to landscape. Head one ‘Romeo’ and the other ‘Juliet’.  Draw out three columns and label the first column ‘POINTS‘, the second column ‘QUOTES‘, the third ‘ANALYSIS

Put the statements listed below in the ‘POINTS’ column. They are suitable points which could begin PEE (PEA) paragraphs for a wide variety of essay questions, but particularly one on the differences between Romeo’s love and that of Juliet.

Task1 : Find good quotations, from Act 2 Scene ii, to support the statements which you have already put in column 1.  Put these quotes in the ‘QUOTES’ column.

Task 2: Look at your quotes and find dramatic elements (such as soliloquy, dramatic irony etc) and other literary features (such as hyperbole, metaphor etc).  Put these brief observations in the third, ANALYSIS’, column.

Task 3: Consider how a dramatic or language feature, of each quote, brings Romeo and Juliet’s love ‘to life’.  For instance, what is it about ‘stars’ – and what is/was known about them –  that enhances Romeo’s words and makes his thoughts have greater impact on the audience?   Put this in the ‘ANALYSIS’ column, too.  Task 3 is the work that shows you understand how Shakespeare has crafted the play.

JULIET
  1. She is concerned for Romeo
  2. She proposes marriage – there is a practical side to her.  Perhaps as a test of his feelings?
  3. She is concerned about the haste – perhaps showing how confused she is?
  4. If he won’t deny his name, she will renounce hers
  5. She believes differences between the families are unimportant
  6. She, however, voices the Capulet and  Montague problem and despairs that he is called Romeo.
  7. She refuses to behave coyly and, instead, expresses her true feelings.
  8. She wants Romeo to speak truly.
  9. She speaks to Romeo with her soul.
  10. She worships Romeo.
  11. She wants him to stay and leave at the same time.
  12. She forgets what she was thinking.
  13. She refers to her love in terms of the sea.
ROMEO
  1. He will not allow Juliet’s family stop him.
  2. Romeo is a fanciful dreamer.
  3. He is prepared to take a new name.
  4. He wants to swear his love
  5. He would like physical contact and he urges Juliet to cast off her virginity.
  6. Romeo is overwhelmed by Juliet’s beauty.
  7. He would rather die than be without Juliet’s love.
  8. Romeo wants to be Juliet’s captive.
  9. Romeo cannot believe that what has happened is not a dream.

—oOo—

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