Article depicting Mercutio’s and Tybalt’s death on newspaper front page:
June 3, 2010
In literature, Tragedy is one of genre in which the main character is brought to ruin or otherwise suffers the extreme consequences of some tragic flaw or weakness of character. The main character, tragedy hero is born with nobility (high-positioned) and happiness. However, tragedy hero is not always perfect, they make mistakes too. Tragedy hero is doomed to make a serious decision but those decisions are drastically error. They are endowed with tragic flaws. Tragic heroes start to fall down as they believe they make irreplaceable choices. This creates audience to arouse pity and fear. Tragedy hero suffers terribly, accept their inevitable fate and meet tragic death with honor.
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June 1, 2010
Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes:
– Light/Dark Imagery + Opposite points of view:
The most consistent motifs that Shakespeare uses in Romeo and Juliet, is the contrast between, often about night and day imagery. This contrasting technique is metaphor as light doesn’t alway means good every time. This technique is to show contrast and may hint what will happens (foreshadowing).
e.g. – “Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon”. This line is said by Romeo when he sees Juliet coming out from window. He described Juliet as sun.
– “More light and light, more dark and dark our woes”. This line is said by Romeo when he spends his only night with Juliet. He just wishes he can stay more with Juliet what so ever.
Shakespeare uses ‘opposite points of view’ in numerous speeches and scenes in Romeo and Juliet to hint at alternaative ways to evaluate the play. Shakespeare uses two main types of character by this technique, Mercutio and servants.
Mercutio is the only character who interferes other character’s perspective that Shakespeare portarys. He insist Romeo’s onesided love towards Rosaline is blindness and wasteless. He views Tybalt’s action (to gain more honor) as arrogance, blind and clueless. His characteristics of strong self-esteem has leads him to delusion of controlling his emotion.
Servants are everyone who not nobleman except the friar. That includes the Nurse of Juliet, servant Peter etc. Servants clearly contrast with noble. The servants usually die earlier than nobles by disease or poverty so they don’t have ambition or don’t need to be greedy to afford more or live longer. This leads Shakespeare describing Nobleman as tragically complex while servants are regarded as simple and common.
May 31, 2010
The Glogposter of Friar Lawrence:
May 25, 2010
My favourite Character of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: Friar Lawrence:
Friar Lawrence is a friar who has been friend to Romeo and Juliet. He is kind-hearted and intelligent. Friar Lawrence is an expert at drug and herb. Friar Lawrence performs the marriage of Romeo and Juliet because this would bring peace to the two households in Verona.Friar Lawrence gives good advice to the couple. The idea of drinking sleeping potion comes from his. In overall, Friar Lawrence helps the couple greatly to be continuos
This character is very interesting and mysterious character. He is a Catholic but he helps the criminal (Romeo) to escape and live with Juliet. Actually, numerous conflicts are happened by him because of his idea for the couple. Throughout the play, audiences can recognise both Romeo and Juliet have made one-step mature. Definitely, he is a character that is significant to both protagonists and plot of the story.
May 20, 2010
Act V analysis:
- Who is Balthasar?
Balthasar is the servant who tells the Juliet’s death and goes with Romeo to the Juliet’s tomb
- Lines 1-9 are an example of irony and foreshadowing. Explain
It is ironic situation which Romeo is supposed to know that Juliet will be back to normal soon but he doesn’t know. Romeo goes out of control. He bought poison and died without ever expecting Juliet is actually alive.
- Which news does Romeo expect? # Which news does Balthasar bring?
Of course Romeo wishes that Juliet is not dead yet by him. However, his servant who has just been to funeral ceremony announce him that she is really dead.
- Explain the term “apothecary.”
A person who sells drug.
- Was there a law in Mantua which controlled the sale of certain drugs? Quote the line which is proof.
Also Mantua has declare one law that no poison would be allow to sell not even import.
# What does Romeo mean in lines 80-81?
l “There is thy gold, worse poison to men’s souls,
Doing more murder in this loathsome world,
Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.”
Romeo says this himself. He is now desperate by the Juliet’s death. He portrays his emotion that murder has been increased by just gold (because Romeo has used gold to get jewelry).
- Why was Friar John detained? Quote the line which supports your answer.
Lines 10-13. Friar John wants to visit Mantua but his companion is busy. Due to other reasons, Friar John stays at chapel
- Did Friar John deliver the letter to Romeo? # Which two things will Friar Laurence do?
Friar John didn’t deliver the letter of Romeo. He wishes Romeo will come on time and meet the alive Juliet.
- Define the words:
l obsequies (line 16) – funeral ceremony
l inauspicious stars (line 111) – unpopular celebrities (nobles)
l discern (line 126) – to detect truth
l sepulchre (line 140) – burial chambers
“A greater power than we can contradict
Hath thwarted our intents. Come, come away.
Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead;
And Paris too. Come, I’ll dispose of thee
Among a sisterhood of holy nuns.” (Lines 153-157)
Friar Laurence encourages crying Juliet that this is out of control. God has made this move. Now, they can’t do anything for him.
- List in point form all the events which take place in Scene 3.
– Paris goes in the tomb staying with cold Juliet
– Sad Romeo goes after Paris Is in
– They discover each other and fight each other
– Romeo win but Paris die
– Romeo bravely commit suicides.
– Friar Laurence discover the death of the two men
– Juliet also discover it.
– Friar Laurence runs away as Juliet forces herself to stay.
– Juliet doesn’t have poison, use Romeo’s dagger to stab herself.
– The two household found their children lying dead at tombs.
– By the funeral, the two enimies has pledge nice relationship with the families.
- Why is Paris at Juliet’s tomb? Romeo gives Balthasar two reasons for entering the Capulet’s tomb. What are those two reasons?Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to the tomb?
Paris is already come first as he is terrible with Juliet’s death. Romeo explains to his servant he should at least see her face and remove the ring from her finger.
May 19, 2010
1. Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet?
Friar Laurence is disappointed to hear the news. He was sad for not only the point that Juliet can’t meet Romeo but also the point that her father is using her for financial purpose
2. How does Paris explain the sudden haste of the marriage plans?
Paris who knows that her cousin is dead, says he would make her to forget her family tragedy.
3. What is ironic about the conversation between Juliet and Paris?
Paris misunderstands what Juliet is saying. He thinks Juliet really loves him while Juliet is really talking about Romeo.
4. If Friar Laurence cannot help her, what does Juliet threaten to do?
Juliet intimidated Friar that she would kill herself if there is no chance to end this problem what she wants.
5. Why does Friar Laurence think that Juliet will accept his plan?
Friar believes in Juliet because her sincere love towards Romeo has quite shocked him.
6. Describe the friar’s plan for Juliet.
Friar suggest Juliet to accept the proposal from Paris. She would pretend she is dead by poison (which is actually sleeping pill). After she wakes up, she would find Romeo and run away.
- Capulet calls his own daughter: ” peevish self-willed harlotry” (Line 14). This means what?
- Capulet blames his daughter as good-for-nothing girl as Juliet keeps resisting about the proposal from Paris
# Capulet says: “I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.” (Line 24). What day is Juliet to get married? What day had originally been chosen?
> Actually, her original marriage day is Thursday but her parent has make it one day earlier, Wednesday morning.
- Explain Capulet’s state of mind in the following lines:
“My heart is wondrous light,
Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.” (Line 46-47)
As Juliet accept the marriage, Capulet is really happy and satisfied with her action.
- In this scene what does Juliet do?
- Juliet prays to God to forgive her being disobeying her household. Eventually, she attempt to drink the sleeping medicine that Friar gave her earlier to pretend herself being dead.
# Which lines show Juliet’s apprehension before carrying out the Friar’s plan?
- Lines 14-15
- Which four things does Juliet fear? Quote the lines which support your answers.
- Line 23-37
# Quote the line which shows Juliet’s devotion to Romeo.
- How does Juliet show her maturity and independence in this scene?
- Despite her young age, Juliet did the Friar’s plan boldly to survive and love with Romeo. This shows that she is independent enough from the parents
- Explain the term “cot-queen” (Line 6) Who is called thus, and by whom?
- Nurse use this word to call Capulet (including Juliet) as old housewife. At then, Nurse is very worried with Juliet because of marriage.
# In one sentence, summarize this scene.
- Describe the imagery Shakespeare uses in describing Juliet’s “death”?
Shakespeare describes her body as so cold and stiff, showing realistically the power of poison.
- Who first finds Juliet? Describe Juliet’s condition.
Nurse goes upstairs to see Juliet but discover her lying on the ground so coldly.