Romeo and Juliet

Will the real Romeo and Juliet please stand up?

The story of Romeo and Juliet pre-dates Shakespeare’s tragedy, springing from a poem published in 1562, which was based on a French poem published in 1659. And since then, the story of two star-crossed lovers from different worlds has been retold time and again, on stage, on screen, in music, in dance, in comics, and in countless English classes.

We will read from the annotated textbook version, but you choose to read from this Romeo_&_Juliet_Script with annotations.

We will watch parts of the 1968 Zefferelli version, and most of the 1996 Baz Luhrmann version.

Key concepts:

  1. Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers. Are they the victims of fate or bad decisions?
  2. How many types of love does Shakespeare present in Romeo and Juliet?

Key tools:

  1. foreshadowing –
  2. puns
  3. metaphor –
  4. dramatic irony –
  5. aside –
  6. alliteration –
  7. soliloquy –
  8. Shakespeare Sonnets
  9. Shakespearean Language & Insults


Life in Shakespeare’s Time

Shakespearean word order


R&J The Musical

Romeo and Juliet license plates



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