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Source: The reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the dead bodies of Romeo and Juliet (Leighton, 1855)
"The characters of Romeo and Juliet have been depicted in literature, music, dance, and theatre. The appeal of the young hero and heroine — whose families, the Montagues and the Capulets, respectively, are implacable enemies — is such that they have become, in the popular imagination, the representative type of star-crossed lovers." (Britannica, n.d.)
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Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Keywords
Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Study Guides
"Romeo and Juliet" Plot summary, (LitCharts, n.d.)
Provides a short overview of the plot and main characters.
Romeo and Juliet, (Britannica High, n.d.)
" The characters of Romeo and Juliet have been depicted in literature, music, dance, and theatre. The appeal of the young hero and heroine—whose families, the Montagues and the Capulets, respectively, are implacable enemies—is such that they have become, in the popular imagination, the representative type of star-crossed lovers." (“Romeo and Juliet”, n.d.)
"Romeo and Juliet" Plot Summary, (Shakespeare Birthday Trust, 2018)
This is a two-page plot summary of Romeo and Juliet. Ideal to familiarise your students with the what and whereabouts in one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.
Romeo and Juliet: Plot and structure (Sheldon, 2016, pp. 16-34)
What are the main events of the play?, * How do these events unfold, scene by scene?, * How does Shakespeare use structure in the telling of his tale?
Romeo and Juliet | Themes, (LitCharts, n.d.)
Provides an overview of themes found in the text.
Romeo and Juliet: Themes (Sheldon, 2016, pp. 47-53)
What is a theme?, * What are the main themes in Romeo and Juliet?, * How does Shakespeare present themes in Romeo and Juliet?
The Theme of Fate and Destiny in "Romeo and Juliet": Were the star-cross'd lovers doomed from the start? (Jamieson, Jul. 8, 2019)
"The story of Romeo and Juliet asks the question "are our lives and destinies preordained?" While it is possible to see the play as a series of coincidences, bad luck, and bad decisions, most scholars see the story as an unfolding of events predetermined by fate." (Jamieson, Jul. 8, 2019)
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On the themes in Romeo and Juliet (Rutter, n.d.)
"Professor Carol Chillington Rutter interrogates Shakespeare's renowned tragedy, focusing on the themes of the play. Sex, language, time and humour are all explored in this in-depth interview that identifies key access points to this classic text." (Rutter, n.d.)
Romeo and Juliet | Characters, (LitCharts, n.d.)
Provides a description and background to the main characters in the text.
"Romeo and Juliet" Characters (Digital Theatre Plus, n.d.)
"In the case of Romeo and Juliet, as many of the characters were either known from the original story, or referenced in classical antiquity, or “stock” characters from popular dramatic forms, it’s also interesting to think about the ways in which these characters cohere to or differ from these stereotypes." ([Romeo and Juliet] Characters, n.d.)
Romeo and Juliet: Characterisation (Sheldon, 2016, pp. 35-47)
Who are the main protagonists in the play?, * How does Shakespeare make his characters come to life?, * What purposes are served by the characters?, * Do the characters have symbolic value?
The Montague-Capulet Feud in 'Romeo and Juliet' Who are the players in the central feud of Shakespeare's play?
"All of the major events in "Romeo and Juliet" are driven by the Montague-Capulet dispute. But after the tragic death of their children at the end of the play, both families agree to bury their grievances and acknowledge their losses." (Jamieson, Jun. 22, 2019)
Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Online resources
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Learning Zone, (Royal Shakespeare Company, n.d)
Choose from 3 levels (from easy to in-depth) to explore the story, characters, language and performance.
Romeo and Juliet Study Guide, (Digital Theatre +, 2018)
Includes sections on: characters, relationship map, plot summary, language, speaking the text, themes, context, playwright, and a historical context workbook.
Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Easy Reads
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Romeo and Juliet, Shorter Shakespeare by
Publication Date: 2017
Get straight to the heart of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; students'confidence and understanding develop faster as they explore the plot, themes and Shakespeare's language, which is supported throughout this abridged play text from Globe Education. Reduces the length of the play by a third, while preserving the intricacies of the plot, enabling students to engage with the whole story in the class time available- Builds understanding of Shakespeare's language by providing a detailed glossary alongside the text for quick and easy reference, plus a range of language-focused activities.
Annotated Romeo and Juliet by
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
This edition of the play gives students and teachers extra background information. Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. It provides historical and social contexts that increase the reader's understanding of the play. In a concluding essay, Harold Bloom argues that Romeo and Juliet is unmatched in the world's literature as a vision of an uncompromising love that perishes of its own idealism and intensity.”
Romeo and Juliet, easy read by
Call Number: 822.33
Publication Date: 2013
Hi-Lo, adapted classics, low level classics. Timeless Shakespeare-designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original play. Presented in traditional play script format, each title features simplified language, easy-to-read type, and strict adherence to the tone and integrity of the original. Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight. Yet the bitter feud between their families forbids all contact. Can the power of their love stand up against such a longstanding history of hatred?
Romeo and Juliet, graphic novel by
Call Number: 822.33
Publication Date: 2008
The graphic novels adaptation using the original Shakespearean dialog. The world-class art, romance, sword-play, and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet will capture the attention of reluctant readers. Supplement your traditional Shakespearean sources with the graphic novel adaptation that will help readers imagine the action like never before. Graphic Planet is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 5-10.
Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Audiobooks
Romeo and Juliet [L.A. Theatre Works] by
Publication Date: 1998
The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Calista Flockhart as Juliet, Matthew Wolf as Romeo, Julie White as Nurse, Alan Mandell as Friar Laurence, and Richard Chamberlain as Prince Escalus, Nicholas Hormann as Lord Capulet, and Josh Stamberg as Mercutio.
Romeo and Juliet [Folger Shakespeare Library] by
Publication Date: 2014
The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Romeo and Juliet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.
In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare creates a tragic world in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Publication Date: 2011
Albert Finney, Claire Bloom, Edith Evans and Hilton Edwards perform an unabridged version of Shakespeare's tragedy about two young lovers whose deaths unite their feuding families.
Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Curriculum Alignment
Content: Reading and Viewing
- Language: Text structure and organisation - Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (VCELA429) Compare and contrast the use of cohesive devices in texts, focusing on how they serve to signpost ideas, to make connections and to build semantic associations between ideas (VCELA430)
- Language: Expressing and developing ideas - Analyse and explain the use of symbols, icons and myth in still and moving images and how these augment meaning (VCELA431) Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness (VCELA432) Show details Explain how authors creatively use the structures of sentences and clauses for particular effects (VCELA433)
- Language: Phonics and word knowledge - Understand how spelling is used creatively in texts for particular effects (VCELA434)
- Literature: Literature and context - Interpret and compare how representations of people and culture in literary texts are drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (VCELT435)
- Literature: Responding to literature - Present an argument about a literary text based on initial impressions and subsequent analysis of the whole text (VCELT436) Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (VCELT437)
- Literature: Examining literature - Analyse texts from familiar and unfamiliar contexts, and discuss and evaluate their content and the appeal of an individual author’s literary style (VCELT438) Analyse text structures and language features of literary texts, and make relevant comparisons with other texts (VCELT439) Show details Interpret and analyse language choices, including sentence patterns, dialogue, imagery and other language features, in short stories, literary essays and plays (VCELT440)
- Literacy: Texts in context - Analyse how the construction and interpretation of texts, including media texts, can be influenced by cultural perspectives and other texts (VCELY441) Literacy: Interpreting, analysing, evaluating - Analyse and evaluate how authors combine language and visual choices to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (VCELY442) Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (VCELY443) Apply an expanding vocabulary to read increasingly complex texts with fluency and comprehension (VCELY444)
- Literature: Creating literature - Experiment with the ways that language features, image and sound can be adapted in literary texts (VCELT447) Create literary texts, including hybrid texts, that innovate on aspects of other texts, including through the use of parody, allusion and appropriation (VCELT448)
- Literacy: Creating texts - Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (VCELY449) Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (VCELY450) Publishing texts using a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively (VCELY451)
Content: Speaking and Listening
- Literature: Responding to literature - Reflect on, discuss and explore notions of literary value and how and why such notions vary according to context (VCELT454)
- Literacy: Interacting with others - Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes and analyse how language features in these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways, and consider the interaction skills used to present and discuss ideas, or to influence and engage audiences through persuasive language, varied voice tone, pitch and pace (VCELY455) Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (VCELY456)