Close Reading Shakespeare is renowned for the poetic imagery of his language and for the word pictures he creates. His reputation is well founded because while he was writing English was not the dominant language — it was Latin. Shakespeare culminated what Chaucer had begun; to make English a respectable language for expressing complex, personal and imaginative ideas. As we have seen most of his plots are not original, but it is his ability to revitalise old stories and histories, shape them into compelling dramas with syncopated plots and revitalise them with resonant forceful language that still appeals to us today.
You should always try and ask yourself, like actors do, why is the character saying what they are saying or doing what they are doing? What is their motive? Just like Detectives, we need to look for clues to help us answer those questions each time and below you can find some interrogation techniques we use to analyse text, introduced by the actors that use them.
This is something which is demonstrated in the choices he makes but more importantly in the language he uses. You can see this when he explains to Friar Laurence why death would be better than banishment and being apart from Juliet in Act 3 Scene 3.
Here, Romeo uses antithesis to try and explain his feelings. In this video Nia Lynn talks about how characters can use antithesis to make sense of their world. What can you find by looking at the same things in Romeo's speech? Shakespeare gives characters antithesis for lots of different reasons but characters are usually trying to work out something in their mind or resolve a confusing issue.
Heaven is here, Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog And little mouse, every unworthy thing, Live here in heaven and may look on her, But Romeo may not. More validity, More honourable state, more courtship lives In carrion-flies than Romeo: What type of opposites are mentioned?
Why would he think or feel this? How has Romeo used antithesis to make his argument? Does what he says make sense? See if you can complete the grid and finish four points which explain what this speech reveals about Romeo's character at this point in the play. This could suggest he is much less confident in the Friar than he used to be and that he does not understand his own feelings towards his friend and confidant.
Point Romeo does not believe that the Friar understands his feelings. Evidence Click text to edit Enter your evidence here.
Explanation Click text to edit Enter your explanation here Point Click text to edit Enter your point here. Explanation Click text to edit Enter your explanation here.In these lessons, students will examine the key characters in Romeo and Juliet and their dramatic functions.
Tasks include: reading the key scenes featuring Friar Laurence, discussing his motivation for helping the lovers; a close analysis of Merc. Romeo and Juliet Passage Analysis-Act IV, Scene 3, lines In Act IV Scene 3 lines , Juliet mentions her fears of the potion’s effects and the circumstances that may come with it.
A Series of Romeo and Juliet Passage Analysis Random A series of short detailed analysis of some passages in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), taking into consideration of the significance to the plot, use of literary devices and insight into the perspectives of the characters.
Home / Individual Copy / Mr Bruff’s Guide to Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – eBook. Mr Bruff’s Guide to Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – eBook with a line by line translation into modern English. After each scene, there is a detailed analysis of .
For my IOC commentary I have been given the extract from Act 1 scene 5 from the play Romeo and Juliet. This is one of the most famous and important scenes in this play as this is the first time Romeo and Juliet, the two main characters meet.
The Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, Act II, is a Sonnet This third sonnet reviews the action of act one, and prepares the audience for act two of Romeo and Juliet.
On the surface, it might seem to be less interesting than the first two sonnets in Romeo and Juliet.