The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - West Linn-Wilsonville ...

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - West Linn-Wilsonville ...

THE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIET William Shakespeare Context Original story not created by Shakespeare The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brook1562 (two years before Shakespeare was born) Takes place in Verona, Italy Shakespeare expanded the plot by adding Mercutio and Paris Shakespeare wrote his version of the play between

1591 and 1595 Conflict The central conflict is two lovers caught between two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets The feud is older than many of the characters in the book. Dante references the families in The Devine Comedy (1308)

Come and see, you who are negligent, Montagues and Capulets, Monaldi and Filippeschi One lot already grieving, the other in fear. Seems to be alluding to a political polarity in which they each allied to rival political factions The feud may have lead to destruction of both parties and this furthered the feud even more. Themes Loveduh!

More importantly is this even a love story or is it a story of lust getting the best of feeble minds? Fate vs. Free will Tragic events require that many specific moments happen in exact sequence and time. Is this mere chance or is it ones destiny that is unchanging?

Major Motif Light vs. Dark Both Romeo and Juliet describe one another as an intensely light object amid surrounding darkness "Whiter than snow upon a raven's back. Beauty makes this vault a feasting presence full of light. Could be seen as a metaphor for the situation that they are in

Linguistics Pun heavy Give me a torch: I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy, I will bear the light. Context: Romeo is reluctant to attend a party because he is suffering from a broken heart. Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance. Romeo: Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I

cannot move Archetype: Star-Crossed Lovers Archetype: a statement, pattern of behavior, or prototype which other statements, patterns of behavior, and objects copy or emulate. Star-Crossed Lovers

A pair of lovers whose relationship is often thwarted by outside forces. Their relationship is ultimately ruined even though they share a genuine and rare love. Astrological in origin, the phrase stems from the belief that the positions of the stars ruled over people's fates. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life" Can you think of any other examples of Star-Crossed Lovers? The Fault in Our Stars Trailer

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