Questions for Mr Bruff Romeo and Juliet playlist

Questions based on Mr Bruff’s Romeo and Juliet playlist

Credit to Mr Bruff for creating the videos. Link to the accompanying ebook: http://mrbruff.com/product/mr-bruffs-guide-to-gcse-literature/

Remember to think about how scenes might relate to the whole play.

Rough guide to differentiation: hml tags refer to broad groupings of higher/mid/lower prior attaining students. This may or may not be helpful, depending on school context 0 feel free to ignore!

The numbering goes awry somewhere along the way…

1/50 mh

The origins of Romeo and Juliet

  1. Why is there controversy about the origins of Shakespeare’s plays?
  2. Who was the original writer of the ‘Gulietta & Romeo’ short story?
  3. Which related texts were published in 1562 and 1567?
  4. Have there been any other versions since Shakespeare’s?

 

2/50 h

Why have a prologue?

  1. What is a prologue?
  2. Why was a prologue needed in Elizabethan theatre?
  3. How would the prologue help the audiences?
  4. How does the prologue break the illusion of reality?

Nb – we usually call this breaking the FOURTH wall

 

3/50 all

The prologue as a sonnet

  1. What is a sonnet? Explain as fully as possible.
  2. What is Shakespeare saying through this sonnet form?
  3. Why are love and hate both mentioned?

 

4/50 all

Close analysis of the prologue

Explain the 5Ws covered in the prologue

Who is involved?

Where?

What happens?

Why?

What’s the time frame of the play?

 

5/50 – this one is 15 minutes long, packed with detail.

Act 1 scene 1 all

  1. What did the prologue promise?
  2. How does 1.1 follow on from the hints already given in the prologue?
  3. Write a few bullet points about Verona.
  4. How would the audience respond to Samson and Gregory’s discussion?
  5. What kinds of wordplay are used in this scene?

Even better – h

  1. What’s the significance of the character names? What could Shakespeare be symbolising?
  2. Summarise and explain the wordplay behind the “carry coals” discussion.
  3. What other types of wordplay happen?

Even better – further details – h

  1. Why might it be significant that this level of aggression happens at the start of the play?
  2. How is 1.1 different from the prologue in terms of the clarity of the language?
  3. Link the discussion about “moves” to what you have learned about the significance of the characters’ names.
  4. What does the “take the wall” discussion and other wordplay show about Elizabethan ideas about power and politeness?

 

6/50 Sexual imagery in 1.1 – quite detailed

  1. What does the amount of sexual imagery used by Samson and Gregory suggest? How would the audience respond to this?
  2. Explain the meaning of “bite my thumb”.
  3. What is an ‘aside’ and why does Shakespeare use this dramatic technique?
  4. Explain how both comedy and conflict are used in 1.1.

Even better – h

  1. What is the significance of the names of Abram and Balthazar?
  2. Why is the use of “sir” significant?

 

7/50 1.1 continued

  1. What might be the significance of Benvolio’s name? (link to other ‘ben’ prefixes)
  2. And Tybalt’s name?
  3. What is a ‘protagonist’?
  4. What is an ‘antagonist’?
  5. How do the stage directions link back to the prologue?

Even better – h

  1. What is the significance of “you know not what you do”? (expl ‘allusion’)
  2. Explain how Shakespeare has used language in “heartless hinds”.
  3. What structure does Shakespeare used to describe the things that Tybalt hates?
  4. How is Lady Capulet mocking her husband?
  5. Comment on how Lady Montague uses alliteration.

 

8/50

Act One, scene 1 The Prince’s Speech

  1. Why is the Prince’s description of the Capulets and Montagues as “rebellious subjects” important?
  2. What else is suggested about the families?
  3. How does the Prince use language in this speech? Write examples and explanations.
  4. How does the prince’s speech link back to the prologue?
  5. What does “bred of an airy word” mean?
  6. Make notes on Mr Bruff’s summary of the scene.

Even better – h

  1. What is the significance of the name ‘Escalus’? (expl the link with ‘scal’ and the idea of balance, and judgement)
  2. What attitudes to swords and weapons have been shown so far?
  3. Comment on the use of “canker/cankered” (explain it means more than ‘rusted’…links to disease, cancer etc)
  4. When Mr Bruff says ‘putting 2 + 2 together’ what is he suggesting about how an audience understands the play’s structure?
  5. How does the Prince show his power in Verona in this speech? (this would be a good question for a Lit exam question practice)

 

9/50

1.1  continued

  1. What is the significance of the name of Montague?
  2. Is Benvolio telling the truth about what happened? (class can link back to previous information and match quotations from this scene to earlier quotations)
  3. Who first mentions Romeo in the play? What are the circumstances?
  4. What is the significance of Romeo’s name?
  5. How is nature imagery being used to suggest Romeo’s feelings?
  6. Why will the audience be eager to see Romeo for themselves?

Even better – h

  1. How does Benvolio suggest that Tybalt is a poor swordsman?
  2. Who is Aurora? Why is this classical allusion used here?
  3. What do you notice about the rhyming used by Montague at the end of his speech? (expl that RCs are often used to show an ending to a phase of speech because the audience would hear the sound pattern)

 

10/50 – there isn’t one!

 

11/50 Introducing Romeo

  1. How would you describe Romeo’s state of mind in the first part of the discussion with Benvolio? (ignore the discussion on ‘relativity here – it’s not v good)
  2. How can we tell that Romeo trusts Benvolio?
  3. What are Romeo’s thoughts about the Montague/Capulet fight that happened earlier?
  4. Explain some of the confusing expressions that Romeo uses in this scene.
  5. What do we learn about Rosaline?
  6. What is Benvolio’s advice to Romeo?

Even better – h

  1. Is Romeo genuinely in love?
  2. Is Romeo a tragic hero?

 

12/50 Act One scene 2 ‘translation’

  1. Does Capulet think it’s a good idea for Paris to marry Juliet?
  2. How is Capulet’s conversation with Paris similar to Benvolio’s conversation with Romeo?
  3. How do Benvolio and Romeo discuss Rosaline’s beauty?

Even better – h

  1. How does Benvolio refer to love when he and Romeo enter?
  2. How does the introduction of Paris create a plot complication?
  3. How has Shakespeare used the character of the servant?

 

13/50 1.2 ‘analysis’ – h

  1. Why might it have been seen as OK for Juliet to marry Romeo at 13/14 years old in Elizabethan times?
  2. How are Paris and Romeo shown to parallel each other?
  3. What is the significance of the name Paris?

 

14/50 Act One scene 3 ‘translation’

  1. What do we learn about the Nurse?
  2. How does Juliet speak differently to her mother compared with the Nurse?
  3. What do the Nurse’s memories of Juliet as a child reveal about their relationship, and about the Nurse’s character?
  4. How are the Nurse and Lady Capulet similar?

 

15/50 1.3 ‘analysis’ (not v good)

  1. What is suggested about the role and status of women in society?

 

16/50  Act One scene 4 The masked ball

l – m

  1. Mercutio, Benvolio and Romeo discuss their entrance to the Capulet ball – what does this discussion show about
  2. Their worries about gate-crashing the Capulet party
  3. Their own characters
  4. Their views of love (especially Romeo)?
  5. Explain Shakespeare’s references to music and dancing

Even better – m

  1. How does Shakespeare use the idea of ‘light’, both in the sense of light/dark, and light/heavy?
  2. How is the dramatic technique of foreshadowing used in this scene?

Even better – h

  1. Explain Romeo’s uneasiness
  2. Sum up what you know so far about Mercutio’s ‘Queen Mab’ speech.

 

17/50 1.4 continued

  1. What types of imagery are used in Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech?
  2. What does this speech warn us about?
  3. What does the speech tell us about Mercutio’s view of love, especially in contrast to Romeo’s?

Even better – h

  1. How does the imagery in Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech become darker and more serious?
  2. What else do we learn about the character of Queen Mab as a literary character?

 

18/50 Act One scene 5 ‘translation’

  1. How does Shakespeare show Capulet as a friendly, welcoming character?
  2. How does Tybalt’s “This by his voice…” change the mood of the scene?
  3. Give examples from Tybalt’s speech which show that he is angry.
  4. Explain Capulet’s response to Tybalt – how and why does he try to calm his nephew?
  5. Explain examples of the imagery used by Romeo when he first sees Juliet.
  6. How do Romeo and Juliet use religious language to flirt with each other?
  7. How do Romeo and Juliet react when each realises who the other is?
  8. What does Juliet say to the Nurse about Romeo?

Even better – m

  1. When Mr Bruff says ‘Romeo didn’t hear any of that’, what is he suggesting about how the tension of the scene has been created?
  2. What is the Nurse’s reaction when Juliet asks who the young man (Romeo) is? Why does she do this?
  3. What does Juliet say to the Nurse about Romeo?

Even better – h

  1. How is the setting of the hall, and the inclusion of servant characters, used to build up the tension?
  2. Compare/contrast Capulet’s conversation with his cousin with his later conversation with Tybalt.
  3. How does the pace of the scene change when Romeo and Juliet realise who the other really is?

 

19/50 1.5 ‘analysis’

  1. Explain the optimistic and pessimistic views of Romeo’s experiences of love.
  2. How is the language of religion used in Romeo and Juliet’s conversation?
  3. How is this different from Romeo’s ‘love’ for Rosaline?
  4. How does Shakespeare use a sonnet form in Romeo and Juliet’s conversation?

Even better – h

  1. How does the rhyme scheme and the vocabulary of the sonnet show that Juliet is being influenced by Romeo?

 

20/50 Opening of Act Two ‘translation’

  1. How is the storyline of Act One recapped at the start of Act Two?
  2. How does Shakespeare use foreshadowing in Mercutio’s speech?
  3. How can the audience tell that Mercutio is unaware of Romeo’s changed feelings about Rosaline?

Even better – h

  1. Which aspects of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship does the chorus focus on?
  2. How is dramatic irony used after Romeo climbs the wall?

 

21/50 2.1 ‘analysis’ (short) – h (+explicit)

  1. How do the language (of death) and the form (of a sonnet) in the chorus foreshadow the play’s ending?
  2. Why are references to the medlar tree significant?

 

22/50 Act Two, scene 2 ‘translation’

  1. How does Romeo use
  2. Sun/moon images to describe Juliet
  3. Star imagery to describe Juliet’s beauty
  4. Religious imagery?
  5. How does Shakespeare use the dramatic technique of an ‘aside’?
  6. How can we tell that Romeo and Juliet are cautious about talking to each other again?
  7. Why does Juliet say that Romeo should not swear by the moon that he loves her?
  8. How does Juliet use the language of weather and plants to talk about their relationship?
  9. How do the Nurse’s calls build tension?

Even better – h

  1. What do all of the examples in (1) have in common?
  2. How does Shakespeare contrast Romeo’s idealism and exaggeration with Juliet’s practicality?
  3. How does Shakespeare continue the dream/night motif in this scene?
  4. How does Juliet talk about her love for Romeo – discuss 3-5 examples.

 

23/50 2.2 ‘analysis’

  1. What is a ‘blason’? How is it used here? Refer to techniques and context.
  2. Even better – how does Shakespeare criticise the form in another sonnet?
  3. If Romeo uses a blason form in his descriptions of Juliet, what does this say about him?

24/50 Act two scene 3 ‘translation’ In Friar Lawrence’s cell

  1. How does the audience know what time it is?
  2. What kinds of imagery does the Friar use to describe the time?
  3. What else do we notice about the Friar’s thoughts and language? (What is he talking about, and how?)
  4. Try to explain how he talks about ‘opposites’ in this speech?
  5. Even better – which comments earlier in the paly does this speech remind you of?
  6. How does the Friar greet Romeo? How does he show his concern for Romeo?
  7. How does Romeo react to the Friar’s questions about Rosaline?
  8. Even better – What can we tell about the relationship between Romeo and the Friar from this conversation?
  9. How does Romeo explain where he has been – and how does the Friar react?
  10. How does the Friar react to Romeo’s news about his love for Juliet?
  11. How does Romeo try to explain that this time the love he feels is different?
  12. Explain how Friar Lawrence thinks Romeo and Juliet’s relationship might be a good thing.

 

24/50 2.3 ‘analysis’

  1. Explain what foreshadowing is – and what its purposes are.
  2. What does the Friar say about plants? How does this create foreshadowing?
  3. Explain what fate is and how Shakespeare uses the theme of fate in the play.
  4. Even better – explain how fate and foreshadowing work together.

 

 

25/50 Act Two scene 4 ‘translation’ and ‘analysis’ (long)

Much of this scene is written in prose instead of verse – explain this)

  1. What does the conversation show about the friends’ knowledge of Romeo?
  2. What do we think will be in Tybalt’s letter?
  3. How does Mercutio’s speech create foreshadowing?
  4. What does Mercutio suggest about Romeo’s bravery?
  5. Even better – How is this also foreshadowing?
  6. What does Mercutio say about Tybalt as a fighter?
  7. Which aspect of modern fashion is Mercutio complaining about?
  8. How is Romeo’s language when speaking with Mercutio different from the language he uses when speaking with and about Juliet?
  9. Find the quotation which shows that Mercutio thinks Romeo is better company when he is back to his ‘normal’ self.
  10. Explain how Mercutio and Romeo tease the nurse.
  11. Explain the arrangements that Romeo and the Nurse make.

(‘analysis’ section next)

  1. Explain how malapropisms work in this scene.
  2. Is Shakespeare showing that ‘love at first sight’ is possible?

26/50 Act Two scene 5 ‘translation’

  1. How can we tell that time is passing?
  2. What can we tell about Juliet’s thoughts and feelings at this point?
  3. How does the tension build up?
  4. Explain how the scene ends happily.

27/50 2.5 ‘analysis’

  1. Is this scene merely a comic interlude?
  2. Explain how Shakespeare has used this scene to change the mood and pace.
  3. What do we learn about Juliet, and her relationship with the nurse?

28/50 Act Two scene 6 ‘translation’ and ‘analysis’

  1. Explain the ‘mixed message’ in the Friar’s speech.
  2. How is foreshadowing used in this scene?
  3. Is this like a typical wedding scene? Why/why not?
  4. What do we learn about Shakespeare’s use of structure? How does the end of Act Two fit in with Freytag’s 5 Act structure?

29/50 Act Three scene 1 ‘translation’

  1. How can we tell from Mercutio and Benvolio’s discussion that we are building up to a climax point?
  2. How does Mercutio tease Benvolio?
  3. What does ‘an’ mean, eg, in ‘An I were..’?
  4. How does the tension between the Capulets and the Montagues start, and build up, in this scene?
  5. How does this conversation link back to Act One scene 1?
  6. How is Tybalt’s line “here comes my man” ironic?
  7. How is Mercutio foreshadowing his own death?
  8. How does dramatic irony – when the audience knows something that a character doesn’t – work in the Romeo-Tybalt confrontation?
  9. Which characters are increasing the tension and which are trying to decrease it?
  10. What does “ere” mean in “ere it be out”?
  11. Sum up what Mercutio says about the Montagues and Capulets as he dies.
  12. What does “you shall find me a grave man” mean?
  13. What does Romeo’s soliloquy show about how he feels about himself?
  14. How can we tell that Romeo has become really angry when Tybalt returns? Look closely at Romeo’s language.
  15. What does Benvolio advise Romeo to do? Why?
  16. Why does Romeo refer to himself as “fortune’s fool”? Is he right?
  17. Benvolio retells what happened in the fight. Is he telling the truth? Match the points in his explanation with points in the fight itself.
  18. What is the Prince’s judgement?

30/50 3.1 ‘analysis’

  1. Why does Romeo want to avoid a fight?
  2. Where are we in the structure of the play, in terms of Freytag’s model?
  3. Explain, with examples, how and why different types of dramatic speech are used in this scene – blank verse, rhymed verse and prose.

 

31/50 Act Three, scene 2 ‘translation’

  1. What does Juliet talk about in her soliloquy?
  2. What doesn’t she know yet?
  3. What is the Nurse’s message to Juliet?
  4. What does Juliet think the Nurse means?
  5. How does the dramatic tension build up in this scene?
  6. How does the Nurse describe Tybalt?
  7. Explain Juliet’s mixed feelings about Romeo.
  8. Why does Juliet change her mind and defend Romeo?
  9. How can we tell that Juliet’s relationship with the nurse is deteriorating?
  10. Why does Juliet say that she has nothing to cry about?
  11. What does Juliet think is worse than Tybalt dying?
  12. How does the Nurse cheer Julie up at the end of the scene?

 

32/50 3.2 ‘analysis’

  1. What two pieces of news does Juliet receive in this scene?
  2. How does she react to the news?
  3. How can we tell that Juliet is growing in maturity?
  4. How are references to light and dark used in this scene? What does this suggest about Romeo and Juliet’s relationship?
  5. How can we tell that Juliet’s relationship with the Nurse is deteriorating in this scene? Include quotations in your response to this.

 

33/50 Act Three, scene 3 ‘translation’

  1. How is tension shown in Romeo’s discussion with friar Lawrence?
  2. How does Romeo react to news of his banishment?
  3. Which two words are repeated…and with what effect?
  4. What does Romeo say about “flies”?
  5. How does Romeo’s behaviour here contrast with Juliet’s in the previous scene?
  6. Why doesn’t Romeo want to talk any more with the Friar about his banishment?
  7. How do Romeo and the Friar both react to the knocking at the door?
  8. What does Romeo ask the Nurse?
  9. How does the Friar ‘lecture’ Romeo?
  10. How should Romeo be happy, according to the Friar?
  11. How is foreshadowing used?
  12. What is the Friar’s plan?
  13. What is Romeo expecting Juliet to say to him?

Even better

  1. Look at the Friar’s mentions of girls/women…what’s his attitude to femininity?

 

34/50 3.3 ‘analysis’

  1. Give reasons why Romeo’s reaction could be said to be unreasonable?
  2. What does this say about Romeo’s character?
  3. What news seems to change Romeo’s mind?

Even better

  1. Explain how Romeo can still be considered to be a tragic hero, on the basis of his behaviour in this scene.

 

35/50 Act Three, scene 4 ‘translation’

  1. What does Capulet talk to Paris about?
  2. How does Shakespeare create dramatic irony in Capulet’s plan to get Juliet to marry Paris?

 

36/50 3.4 ‘analysis’

  1. How has Capulet changed his mind about Paris in a short space of time?
  2. What does this scene show about the themes of ‘young and old’ and ‘fate’?
  3. What conclusions or judgements can the audience make about Capulet at this point?
  4. Why does Capulet seem so confident that his daughter will agree to marry Paris?

 

37/50 Act three, scene 5 ‘translation’

  1. How does the scene start?
  2. Explain how they discuss what time it is – and why this matters.
  3. How does Juliet change the mood of the scene when she says “Hie hence, begone, away”?
  4. What does Juliet say about how time will pass while Romeo is away?
  5. How is foreshadowing used?
  6. How do we know Juliet isn’t used to seeing her mother so early in the morning?
  7. What does Juliet say about how she is feelings?
  8. What does Lady Capulet assume is the problem?
  9. What does this reaction show about Lady Capulet?
  10. How is wordplay used by Juliet to refer to Tybalt and Romeo?
  11. How is dramatic irony used in the conversation between Juliet and her mother?
  12. Explain how the word “dead” is being used by Juliet to both tell and conceal the truth.
  13. What is Lady Capulet’s “joyful” news?
  14. What is Juliet’s reaction? And how does she refer ironically to Romeo at this point.
  15. What does Capulet say about Juliet’s emotions?
  16. Explain the ship and storm metaphor that Capulet used?
  17. How do we know that Juliet doesn’t have a choice to marry Paris as far as her parents are concerned?
  18. What do you notice about the sentence types and punctuation in Capulet’s “Soft..” speech? What does this show?
  19. How does Capulet react to Juliet’s refusal?
  20. How can we tell that Capulet’s anger is increasing?
  21. How does the Nurse defend Juliet?
  22. How does Capulet react to the Nurse?
  23. How can we tell that Capulet is increasingly exasperated in his “God’s bread..” speech?
  24. How can we tell that Capulet considers Juliet to be his possession?
  25. How does Juliet try to appeal to her mother?
  26. How does Lady Capulet respond to her daughter?
  27. How does the Nurse shock us when Juliet tries to appeal to her?
  28. Where does Juliet say she is going, and why?
  29. What does Juliet’s soliloquy reveal about her relationship with the Nurse now?
  30. What does Juliet say she has the power to do?

 

38/50 3.5 ‘analysis’

(Ignore the first 45 seconds of this)

  1. What do we know about arranged marriages in Elizabethan times, and why would be this important in Romeo and Juliet?
  2. Explain some of the insults and threats used by Capulet towards his daughter.
  3. How would different audience members respond to Capulet’s anger in this scene? (Consider contemporary and modern responses.)
  4. Make notes on any key phrases/ideas presented in Mr Bruff’s example response.

 

38/50 – yes, there are two 38s! Act Four, scene 1 ‘translation’

  1. How does the Friar show his unease about Paris marrying Juliet?
  2. What can we tell about Juliet’s and Paris’s thoughts about each other?
  3. How is foreshadowing used in Juliet’s appeal to the Friar?
  4. What is the Friar’s suggestion?
  5. What is Juliet’s reaction to the plan?

 

39/50 4.1 ‘analysis’

  1. What has been the Friar’s role so far in the play?
  2. Is the Friar’s advice and planning reliable?
  3. Why do Romeo and Juliet have such confidence in the Friar? What is Shakespeare saying about the Friar?

 

40/50 Act Four scene 2 ‘translation and analysis’

  1. What preparations are being made for Juliet’s wedding to Paris?
  2. Why would Capulet be enjoying Juliet’s apparent change of mind?
  3. Why is the timing of the wedding important, and how does this add to the tension?
  4. What is the irony about Juliet’s decision to take control of her own life?

 

41/50 Act Four scene 3 ‘translation and analysis’

  1. What can we tell about Juliet’s relationship with her mother from this scene?
  2. What sorts of thoughts go through Juliet’s mind before she takes the potion?
  3. We see signs of Juliet’s growing maturity in the play – do you think she has made the mature decision here?

 

42/50 Act Four scene 4 ‘translation and analysis’

  1. How does Shakespeare show that the wedding preparations are well underway?
  2. How do the Nurse and Lady Capulet show concern that Capulet is staying up all night? Why do we need to see the family in this way at this point in the play?
  3. Why is this scene dramatically important?

 

43/50 Act four scene 5 ‘translation’

  1. Why does the nurse have quite a long speech at this point?
  2. How does the nurse’s smutty humour come across as inappropriate here?
  3. How does Capulet describe death?
  4. How are ‘flowers’ referred to in this scene?
  5. How does the language used here link back to the language of Act 3 scene 5?
  6. How does the Nurse’s reactions to Juliet’s death differ from Lady Capulet’s?
  7. How are Paris’s reactions similar to Capulet’s?
  8. What is Friar Lawrence’s role in this scene? How does his language show his priorities?
  9. How does Friar Lawrence’s language reveal his intention to reunite Juliet with Romeo?
  10. Why are we left with ‘minor’ and servant characters at the end of this scene? How do the musical references link back to other scenes earlier in the play?

 

44/50 Act four scene 5 analysis

  1. How does Lady Capulet show that she really cares for Juliet?
  2. How could her words also be viewed selfishly?
  3. How does Capulet’s language linking sex and death appropriate in the Elizabethan context?

 

45/50 Act Five scene 1, Mantua, ‘translation’

  1. How do Romeo’s words parallel the recent action of the play? But how is this ironic?
  2. How does Romeo behave when Balthasar enters?
  3. Explain how Romeo reacts when he hears the news of Juliet’s death. What does he think and talk about, then what does he do? How does this action fit the way Romeo has behaved previously?

 

46/50 Act Five scene 1 analysis

  1. Explain how Romeo’s mood shifts when Balthasar delivers the news.
  2. How does Romeo’s reaction further demonstrate his immaturity?
  3. Explain how we seem to have ‘forgotten’ the prologue’s foreshadowing at this stage.
  4. What does Romeo’s knowledge of the apothecary show about him?

 

 

47/50 Act Five scene 2, Friar Lawrence’s cell

  1. How does Friar John explain that Friar Lawrence’s plan has gone wrong?
  2. How does the shift of character and setting add to the tension?
  3. How confident do we feel about Friar Lawrence’s new plan to write another letter?
  4. How do we again see the theme of fate?

 

48/50 Act Five scene 3 ‘translation’

  1. Who do we see at the start of this scene? Why might this be unexpected?
  2. Does Paris’s grief seem genuine?
  3. What does Romeo’s language reveal about his state of mind?
  4. How does Balthasar express his worries?
  5. Explain the food metaphor that Romeo uses about Juliet’s tomb.
  6. Does Romeo speak aggressively or respectfully to Paris. Explain your answer.
  7. Look at the lines before Romeo and Paris fight – who is the ‘better’ young man here? Would Paris have made a better husband for Juliet?
  8. How does Romeo refer to light at this point in the play?
  9. What dramatic effect does Romeo’s speech have?
  10. How does the pace of the play change when Friar Lawrence speaks with Balthasar?
  11. Explain the significance of the timing of Juliet waking up.
  12. How does the arrival of the watchman accelerate the action?
  13. Why is it dramatically significant that the watchmen take over the conversation at this point?
  14. How does the Prince’s language recall the Prologue – and with what effect?
  15. What news does Montague bring?
  16. How does friar Lawrence explain what has happened, and his role in the events? Look at how he explains how things went wrong.
  17. How can we tell that the play is nearing its end?
  18. How does the audience feel to see Capulet and Montague making peace at this point?

 

49/50 Act Five scene 3 analysis

  1. How is the setting of night-time used similarly here to other points in the play?
  2. How is Romeo’s exchange with Paris similar to Romeo’s final exchange with Tybalt?
  3. How are Romeo’s and Juliet’s deaths different?
  4. Explain Freytag’s dramatic structure.
  5. How does this part of the play reflect Freytag’s structure?
  6. How is the ending of the play tragically ironic?