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Romeo and Juliet: Timeline

Year 9 English : Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT] Literacy [VCELY]

Source: The reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the dead bodies of Romeo and Juliet (Leighton, 1855)

Level 1 resource"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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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities

Enduring Understandings

Shakespeare is still studied due to the universal nature of his central concerns.

Essential Questions

Why is Shakespeare still relevant today? How can we adapt his work for our time?

Romeo and Juliet is "saturated with time references... indicating that they are especially important to Shakespeare. Time references contribute to the imagery of light and darkness, further characterizations, and intensify the speed of the action... creating a headlong rush to doom." (Tanselle, 1964) The action is also compressed into a short period of time. A common view, taken from references in the text, is that Romeo and Juliet meet on Sunday and are dead by Thursday evening.

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How to use this Romeo and Juliet timeline

This timeline supports three levels of understanding and learning:

Level 1The timeline documents the location of each scene as well as the day and time the action takes place based on quotes taken directly from the text. This gives you a better overview of the sequence of events and locations used in the text.
Level 2These quotes are then cross referenced directly back to the Folger Library's Romeo and Juliet digital text at Understanding Shakespeare. This enables you to put the quotes into context. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C has the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. Each scene is also cross referenced directly back to the relevant section in the Globe Education eBook "Shorter Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet".
Level 3Against the lines of text in the Folger digital text, the Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with JSTOR, have cross referenced and linked to journal articles on JSTOR that refer directly back to the lines in question. This enables you to further explore relevant literary criticism to get a deeper understanding of the plot, characters, themes and language.


When off campus use your mConnect user name and password to access the journal articles from JSTOR, the videos from Digital Theatre Plus, and the eBooks from EBSCO that are listed in this timeline.

Timeline Data Sources

This Romeo and Juliet timeline uses the following sources. When off campus, use your School mConnect user name and password to access the videos, journal articles and eBook chapters used in this timeline.

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