October 19-23

October 19-23

Weekly Agenda

I am sending a week’s worth of work here, but I didn’t divide it into days.  Do what you can each day.  It’s a lot, so do some every day. Be sure to look at the summaries and analyses on TEAMS They will be very helpful.  Also, listen to the acts and scenes on HMH.  Remember, you can always chat with me through teams or through the school email.


          Listen to a reading of Act II, scenes 1 and 2 (HMH)

          Highlight lines 16-42 (page 314) and annotate and analyze as asked in the margin notes under Analyze Literary Devices.  In order to complete your analysis you will have to remember what a foil is. If you don’t remember, look it up!  Mercutio is Romeo’s best friend and Romeo’s foil.  He’s quick and witty and fun to be around, but he can be volatile and push things too far.  He is neither Montague nor Capulet so is free to socialize with both families.  He is related to Prince Escalus and Paris

In this scene Mercutio is in contrast with Benvolio.  To answer the analysis question look at (1) the length of their speeches

(2) his temperament (mercurial; look it up!); Benvolio’s temperament (bene=good; think calm)

           (3) style of language of the two

Write four paragraphs: the first paragraph should describe what a foil is and how foils are used by writers.  The paragraph should end with a thesis sentence that says that Mercutio is Benvolio’s foil.

As you write your analysis, provide evidence from the text to support your points—at least one quotation relating to each character. Organize your evidence logically and effectively in your body paragraphs. Focus on making clear points about the characters and smoothly integrating the evidence into your analysis. The second paragraph should contrast the length of their speeches. Refer to the text for evidence. This paragraph should contain at least 5 sentences.  The third paragraph should discuss each man’s temperament (personality).  Again, a minimum of 5 sentences and textual evidence is required.  The 4th paragraph should discuss each character’s way of speaking with a minimum of five sentences and textual evidence.  The last sentence in paragraph 4 should be a concluding sentence for the whole.




Listen to a reading of Act II, Scene 2.  Then, complete the activities below. 


Romeo’s Soliloquy


Remember that in a soliloquy the character believes he/she is alone and speaks his/her thoughts aloud.  In this soliloquy, Romeo thinks he sees Juliet at the window and cannot restrain his emotion.  This speech reveals 3 things about Romeo:  Mark and label the lines that show that he is enraptured by Juliet’s beauty.   In a different colored highlighter or ink, mark and label the lines that show that he idealizes her ( he believes she is more perfect than a real girl can be, then do the same for the lines that show he is uncertain how to communicate with her.



Juliet’s speeches lines 33-48

Analyze Parallel Plots

As usual, pay special attention to the margin notes.  Make sure you understand the lines. Analyze 2-3 lines at a time.  Use your margin spaces to write your thoughts; then put your paraphrases together to make sure you understand the whole soliloquy.

          What is the main idea in these speeches?

How is the feuding between their two families affecting the love story between Romeo and Juliet?

What words in lines 62-67 refer to the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets? Mark these words in your textbook.


Reading Fluency

Lines 1-51

Go back into those lines and find examples of poetic language such as similes and metaphors. Highlight and label them.


Visual Support

Look at the picture on page 317. 

          Who is in the picture?

          How did Romeo get to the balcony?

          Do Juliet’s parents know Romeo is there?

          Is Romeo in danger there? Why?

          Why is Romeo there?

          Describe how Romeo and Juliet look in this picture.




Romeo and Juliet frequently use hyperbole, or exaggerated language, to express their love.  Identify examples of hyperbole in lines 131-136.  Mark and label them




Lines 139-141 are an example of foreshadowing Mark and label them in your book. How do these lines foreshadow what may come later? Answer in several complete sentences.


The margin activity Analyze Literary Devices (page 320) asks you to find and explain the simile in lines 156-157. Mark and label the simile and explain in the margin.



Follow the instructions for the second Analyze Literary Devices on the same page.  Be sure to answer the analysis part in the margin.


Romeo and Juliet

Act II, scenes 1 and 2, The Balcony Scene


Act I began about 9:00 on a Sunday morning with a fight in the streets.  That evening, Romeo crashed the party, and immediately after went to find Juliet.  In the space of a day, he has been madly in love with Rosaline, fallen out of love with Rosaline, fallen in love with Juliet, and become engaged to Juliet.  Act II begins directly after the Capulet party.  Romeo’s friends are looking for him as he finds his way to the grounds beneath Juliet’s window.  Remember that his friends do not know that Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet.

Shakespeare presents the balcony scene in four sections.  In the first part, Juliet has no idea Romeo is present as she talks about her love for him. The second part ends with the nurse’s first call; the third section ends with Juliet’s line, “A thousand times good night.”.

Phase 1: The beginning of the scene up to the point that Romeo says, “I take thee at thy word.”

  1. The scene begins with Romeo’s long soliloquy. What is he doing?
  2. What does Juliet mean when she asks: “Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
  3. What does Juliet reveal about herself?  Explain the dramatic irony in the scene.  In other words, what do we as an audience know that Benvolio and Romeo’s friends do not know?
  4. Should Romeo have made his presence known earlier? Why didn’t he?

Phase 2: From Romeo making his presence known to the nurse’s first call.

  1. Why is Juliet embarrassed?
  2. Why is Juliet also worried?
  3. Romeo tends to get carried away by his own poetic comments.  How does Juliet react?
  4. Why is Juliet doubtful about this meeting with Romeo?

Phase 3: From the nurse’s call to Juliet’s “A thousand times good night.”

  1. Who first brings up the idea of getting married? Why?
  2. Why doesn’t the conversation get very far?

Phase 4: The rest of the scene

  1. What concrete plans do Romeo and Juliet make?
  2. What does Juliet mean in her metaphor about a little bird?


Romeo as portrayed in this scene contrasts greatly with the young man presented at the beginning of the play.  He is now happy because this beautiful young girl returns his affections. He is no longer depressed and seems full of energy.



Literary Devices in Act II, Scenes 1 and 2

Identify the following phrases as

Simile (S) a comparison using like or as = She entered with ungainly struggle, like some huge awkward chicken.

          Metaphor (M) a direct comparison= You are a chicken

Personification (P) giving human qualities to inanimate objects or non-human things= As soon as the panda began singing “Kung Fu Fighting,” all the chipmunks started breakdancing in the trees.

Hyperbole (H) an intentional exaggeration= It took me a million hours to get my work done.

Oxymoron (O) a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory words appear side by side= The silence was deafening.

Some items contain more than one literary device.  If you cannot print these pages, put your answers on a separate sheet of paper to hand in when we return to school.

  1. _____ Come, he hath hid himself among these trees,

To be consorted with the humorous night.

  1. _____ Blind is his love and best befits the dark.
  2. _____ He jests at wounds that never felt a scar.
  3. _____ Arise fair sun and kill the jealous moon, who is sick and pale with grief
  4. _____ Her eyes speak, but not me
  5. _____ Two stars in heaven have business elsewhere and ask her eyes to twinkle in their place.
  6. _____ You are as glorious as a heavenly angel.
  7. _____ I have no joys about our love tonight . . .it is like lightning.
  8. _____ The bud of our love will bloom when next we meet.
  9. _____ The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars as sunlight shames a lamp
  10. _____ My love is as deep as the deepest sea
  11. _____ What light through yonder window breaks?  It is the East and Juliet is the sun
  12. _____ Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow/ that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
  13. _____ Juliet: A thousand times good night!
  14. _____ Romeo: A thousand times the worse, to want thy light.
  15. _____ Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books
  16. _____ My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; for both are infinite.