2 Read: Act 3, scene 3, 4 and 5 Speaking Parts Friar LawrenceRomeoThe NurseLord CapuletLady CapuletParisJuliet
3 Journal Entries: Due Monday Act 3: Scene 5 If you had overheard Lord Capulet’s remarks to Juliet, would you agree with his position? Why or why not?
4 Why does Romeo first refuse to fight Tybalt? Analysis of Act 3Why does Romeo first refuse to fight Tybalt?What Tybalt does not know is that Romeo has just married Juliet, Tybalt’s cousin. Therefore, Romeo and Tybalt are now kinsmen, and Romeo does not want to fight with members of his new family.Who do you think is to blame for the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt?Blame could be placed on either Mercutio or Tybalt. Mercutio is primed for a fight. He appears to be defending his friends honor and chooses o do so with action instead of with wit.
5 In your opinion was Romeo justified in killing Tybalt? Why or why not? There is never a justification for killing anyone and Romeo should have controlled his anger.Romeo was justified in killing Tybals as revenge for killing Mercutio.Compare Romeo’s reaction to his banishment with Juliet’s response to the same news.Romeo cannot see past the fact that he will be separated from Juliet. He does not consider all the possibilities of being reunited with her in the future. Therefore he would rather die than live without Juliet. Juliet is shocked at the news, but she defends her new husband. She is thoughtful and logical and Romeo reacts with emotion.
6 The Friar says that Romeo, although banished, has many reasons to be grateful. List these reasons. Romeo is aliveJuliet have time to alter the situation.What, if anything, prevents Juliet from simply is alive.What, if anything, prevents Juliet from simply joining Romeo in Mantua?Juliet may not want to hurt her parents.Juliet may be scared to leave her fathers house.Her parents might be so angry that they will have Romeo killed.They may think Juliet is too young to be married.
7 How have Lord Capulet’s ideas about Juliet’s choice of husband changed since Act I? Act 1: Lord Capulet thinks Juliet is too young to marry.Act 3: Lord Capulet decides that Juliet will marry Paris, even though Juliet does not want to.Why do you think the Nurse advises Juliet to forget about Romeo and marry Paris? Does this advice surprise you?The Nurse may be afraid for Juliet. She may be afraid for herself and her role in Juliet’s marriage to Romeo.
8 Literary Elements: Theme Why does Mercutio’s speech “a plague o both your houses” reflect one of the major themes of the play?With Mercutio’s curse on both houses, fate rears its head once again. Tragic events are foretold for both the Montagues and the Capulets – a foreshadowing of the deaths or Romeo and Juliet and the tragedy that can come from hate.
9 Literary Elements:As you may recall, an oxymoron is a pair of word that are contradictory or seem to have nothing to do with each other, such as “heavy lightness.” List the oxymoron’s in Act 2. You have 5 min to find at lease one Oxymoron (Be prepared to share your findings with the class)