In later centuries when children were able to choose their spouse, they were still required to obtain the consent of their parents, usually the father, for a marriage. It was right there in front of him. The attraction between Romeo and Juliet is immediate and overwhelming, and neither of the young lovers comments on or pretends to understand its cause. Shakespeare uses some ribald language, e. Everyone is different, and when other people are affected by our actions, there is an increased risk that we won't accurately predict how they'll react. Their love for one another is so undeniable that neither they nor the audience feels the need to question or explain it.
This is an excellent extra credit project. Parents: Read scenes from the play as a family. At other moments, she looked like an incredibly attractive woman. Guided by her feelings for him, she develops very quickly into a determined, capable, mature, and loyal woman who tempers her extreme feelings of love with sober-mindedness. Suggested Response: There are a number of good responses. Watch the movie West Side Story, 1961.
But she was a young girl with her entire life in front of her. Is it plausible that a love story of this magnitude could take place so quickly? How do these references to day and night, sun, moon and stars, torches and lightning provide metaphors for what happens in the play? Now it is Tybalt who is at disadvantage, and he is killed. The language is slightly modernized for this version, but the movie retains the essence of the original language. He is loyal to his friends, but his behavior is somewhat unpredictable. This post is part of the series: Romeo and Juliet Study Helps.
Deny thy father and refuse they name; Or, if thou wilt not, be sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet. In the Luhrmann version, Romeo is so badly beaten that Tybalt leaves, triumphant, only to be pursued by Romeo and killed. It is fixed on one person for whom he will sacrifice all. Like one character in , Romeo took revenge for the killing of a loved one without thinking through the consequences. Suggested Response: The contrasting character is the nurse with her practical approach to love. This is more fully developed in other questions. For a more complete discussion of this interpretation, see Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions Character Counts will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing.
What is Shakespeare trying to tell us about deception? Can love at first sight be true love? She had things to do that she cared about, such as making sure that the reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets was permanent, revering the memory of Romeo, and living her own life. This is not to say that this film is not an excellent introduction to the play. Instead, they act quickly and do not consider anything but their love. Completely overcome with revenge, Romeo kills Tybalt. The same is true of Juliet, when she awoke to find Romeo dying or dead. See response to Discussion Question 7.
They also give a license to their young followers to commit acts of violence and aggression. Featured Actors: Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting, Michael York, Milo O'Shea. Suggested Response: The character was Laertes. Is their relationship sustainable over time? Their love blinds them to the other possibilities of life. In what ways do the young adopt the beliefs of the old, and in what ways do they ignore them or fight against them? Compare the deceptions in this play and the results of the deceptions with the deceptions and their results in. Suggested Response: The two characters are Tybalt and Mercutio.
To the self-possessed Mercutio, Tybalt seems a caricature; to Tybalt, the brilliant, earthy, and unconventional Mercutio is probably incomprehensible. While it may not seem plausible for a story such as Romeo and Juliet to take place over a span of only four days in the real world, this abbreviated time scheme makes sense in the universe of the play. As Romeo and Juliet awaken after they have spent the night together, there is a full view, from the back only, of the body of the actor playing Romeo. To provide a balance of their feelings, people should also focus on other loving relationships with friends and family. She gave birth to a child seven months later. There is one character in the play who serves as a contrast with Juliet's character. He could have lived to cherish her memory and bring peace between the Capulets and the Montagues.
Several smaller parts can be assigned to one student. There are annotated editions of Shakespeare's plays with explanations of the antique phrases set out in the margins or on a page facing the text. New York; the time: the Middle Ages vs. His treatise on Queen Mab borders on genius. They include: the hatred that surrounded them; bad luck; poor choices by Romeo in killing Tybalt; poor choices by the lovers in committing suicide.