Romeo and Juliet
Act 1 list
1. adversary (n)- enemy
2. augmenting (v)- adding to; enlarging
3. deformities (n)- irregularities; disfigurements
4. discreet (adj)- showing good judgment; perceptive
5. disparagement (n)- criticism
6. nuptial (n)- marriage; wedding
7. obscured (adj)- hidden; darkened
8. pernicious (adj)- harmful; destructive
9. portentous (adj)- ominous; threatening
10. posterity (n)- future generations
11. prodigious (adj)- terrible; extraordinary
12. profane (v)- dishonor; make impure
13. propagate (v)- reproduce; increase
14. purged (v)- got rid of; expelled
Act III List
Civil - well-mannered; proper
Confines - interior; insides
Dexterity - skill; proficiency
Digressing - getting off the main topic; deviating
Dismembered - took apart; split
Eloquence - expressiveness; verbal facility
Garish - gaudy; showy
Jocund - cheerful; happy
Martial - military; soldierly
Monarch - royalty, a king, queen, or emperor
Plague - disease; hex
Prevails - controls; dominates
Reconcile - make peace among
Renowned - famous, well-known
Usurer - swindler, extortionist
Act 4 List
Act 5 List
Study packet http://www.jd.mps-al.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_396542/File/For%20Students/Forms/Teacher/Romeo_Juliet_Packet.pdf
Study packet 2 http://cincoenglish.weebly.com/uploads/5/1/7/3/51735859/romeo_and_juliet_2015.pdf
Study packet 3 http://www.pleasantoneducation.org/uploads/2/8/6/0/2860508/randjstudypacket.pdf
Study packet 4 https://www.hinds.k12.ms.us/cms/lib07/MS01001020/Centricity/Domain/131/romeo%20and%20juliet%20student%20packet.pdf
Letter to Romeo or Juliet
Write a letter form the Montagues to Romeo, or the Capulets to Juliet, expressing
their disappointment in their son’s or daughter’s decision to elope with one of the
enemies of the family. The letter must state the parents point of view, the
reasons for their disappointment, and their solution to the predicament.
Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
Romeo & Juliet Literary Terms
Comedy: ends happily
Tragedy: ends with death/sadness
Dialogue: Speech between characters
Monologue: long speech by a character to another character
Soliloquy: a speech usually given when the character is alone that expresses (to the audience) that character’s inner thoughts/feelings.
Aside: a “whisper” on stage usually intended only for the audience to hear
Comic relief: a humorous scene, incident, or speech that relieves the overall emotional intensity
Simile: comparison using like/as
Metaphor: comparison that does NOT use like or as but instead compares directly.
Paradox: a seemingly contradictory statement that expresses a truth
Foreshadowing: hints or clues of what is to come
Foil: two characters whose opposite features highlight strengths and weaknesses in one another. EX: Atticus and Bob Ewell
Verbal Irony: when a character (sarcastically) says the opposite of what she/he really means.
Dramatic Irony: when a character does not know information that the audience does
Situational Irony: An event occurs that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters, reader, or audience.
Pun: A play on words. Ex: I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
Tragic Hero: the hero in a tragedy whose end is a result of something negative that they do
Tragic Flaw: the one major character defect in the tragic hero’s personality
Act I: Includes the exposition, the exciting force, and introduction of conflict
This is what gets the action going which is why it is referred to as the exciting force or trigger incident. All the information needed to understand the circumstances of the play are provided.
Act II: Develops the rising action
The series of events which lead up to the climax of the play comprise the rising action. These events provide a progressive intensity of interest for the audience. The rising action develops over several scenes of the play. All the action has been developed and any secondary plots (subplots) are well underway.
Act III: Continues to develop the rising action and always contains the climax
This act includes the turning point of the play. The most serious conflicts have been addressed. From this point on, the Shakespearean hero moves to his/ her inevitable end.
Act IV: Falling action begins
This act covers events occurring from the time of the climax up to the hero’s death. The episodes will show both advances and declines in various forces acting upon the hero. Like the rising action, the falling action will involve events across many scenes and into Act V.
Act V Falling action ends and the conclusion occurs
This act focuses on developing the consequences that are a natural outcome of the hero’s previous actions which must be the hero’s death. The catastrophe will characteristically be simple and brief.