Romeo & Juliet
|Unit Plans||Memorization Passage|
|Links to Shakespeare Sites||Study Guide|
|Online Text||Web Quest Assignment|
|Hogue's Favorite Lines|
|Semester Exam Study Guide|
Ford Madox Brown.
Watercolor, approximately 13 x 19 inches. Whitworth Art
Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester.
Watercolor, approximately 13 x 19 inches. Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester.
Links to Shakespeare Sites
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
Life in Elizabethan England
What it means:
Alternative passage: memorize and recite the prologue.
Hogue's Favorite Lines:
|Who said it||The line||Why I like it|
|Romeo||Ay me! Sad hours seem long.||When we're sad or depressed, time just drags. Time and history have not changed this truth. On the other hand, when we're having a great time, the hours seem to go by very quickly. Many times our perception of time is connected to how we feel.|
|Lord Capulet||Too soon marr'd are those so early made.||Lord Capulet knows that if someone marries too young, or when one is not ready, it can change you for the worse. I think that in our time, this is also true for teens who enter into sexual relationships before they are mature enough to handle it.|
|Romeo||O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!||Symbolically, light represents truth and good and knowledge. To Romeo, Juliet is so full of light that she teaches torches to burn brightly. She is light of light. This is a really great complement to her.|
|Romeo||He jests at scars who never felt a wound.||Romeo says that Mercutio has no idea what it's like to be in love. When teens begin to know what love means, they are often alienated from their friends who don't know yet. They feel they are different now.|
|Romeo||See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!||This is a great line. I think it shows infatuation. When we first fall in love, we are anxious to be near our love, and to even be near an object belonging to him or her is enough. If our attraction to another person never moves beyond this stage, it cannot be called love.|
|Juliet||O' swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable.||This reminds me that Elizabethans understood about moon phases. Plus, I like the comparison and that Juliet wants Romeo to be constant and true. For someone who's falling in love too fast, it may be hard to know what's real and what isn't.|
|Friar Lawrence||Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.||To Friar Lawrence, Romeo falls in and out of love too quickly to be serious. Seems to me that sometimes, especially at the beginning, love is more about outward appearance than about the true qualities we share with those we love.|