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Romeo and Juliet Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and professors will assist their students in understanding the language, characters, and themes of William Shakespeare's timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Why do Sampson and Gregory fight with Montague's men? Sampson and Gregory are servants of the Capulet family, which has been feuding with the Montague family for quite some time. The feud has reached proportions involving all members and servants of both households.
- When Montague and Capulet enter and see the disturbance, they want to fight, too. What do their wives say? Lady Capulet tells Capulet he'd better have a crutch instead of a sword, and Lady Montague tells her husband that he "shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe." The wives have had enough of the feud and wish their husbands, now old men, would stop fighting.
- At the end of Act I Scene iv of Romeo and Juliet, what does Romeo tell Benvolio, foreshadowing future action in the play? "For my mind misgives/ Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,/ Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/ With this night's revels, and expire the term/ Of a despised life closed in my breast/ By some vile forfeit of untimely death. . . ." (I.v,106-111)
- Why is Capulet giving a feast? He wants to bring out suitable bachelors for Juliet to meet so she may begin to choose a husband. Should Paris seem suitable to her after she has seen other men, Capulet would consent to the marriage.
- What plans do Friar Laurence and Juliet make? They decide that Juliet should go home and agree to marry Paris, but that on the eve of her wedding she should drink a potion the Friar would make for her, a potion which will make her appear to be dead. After the potion wears off, she should go to Mantua to be with Romeo. The Friar will send word to Romeo of these plans.
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