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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 | Summaries and revision
Study and Revise for GCSE: Romeo and Juliet. by
Call Number: 822.33
Publication Date: 2016
This Study and Revise guide:- Increases students'knowledge of Romeo and Juliet as they progress through the detailed commentary and contextual information written by experienced teachers and examiners- Develops understanding of plot, characterisation, themes and language, equipping students with a rich bank of textual examples to enhance their exam responses- Builds critical and analytical skills through challenging, thought-provoking questions that encourage students to form their own personal responses to the text.
Romeo and Juliet: Context (Sheldon, 2016, pp. 8-15)
What is meant by ‘context’?, * What was the source of Romeo and Juliet?, * Why did Shakespeare choose Verona as the setting for his play?, * What beliefs were held in Elizabethan England?
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: 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?
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?
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: Language, style and analysis (Sheldon, 2016, pp. 54-67)
How does Shakespeare use stagecraft to reveal the story and themes of Romeo and Juliet?, * What use does Shakespeare make of poetry and prose?, * How does Shakespeare use imagery and symbolism in Romeo and Juliet?, * How does Shakespeare create atmospheric settings in the play?