EN9: 14 Feb

Hey Grade 9s! Thanks for a great first class. I’m really looking forward into diving into Romeo and Juliet with you. If you’re having trouble tracking all the characters and how they’re related, look here for a breakdown.

Information about the plot timeline assignment:

  • Click here to see the marking rubric for this assignment.

Here are some highlights from today’s class:

We talked about the Queen Mab speech. I recommend that you take a moment to read it once more on your own time. Here are some things to think about as you read:

  • Mercutio spends a great deal of time describing Queen Mab (lines 53-70). Why does he do this? What do you notice about the language?
  • What is he saying about love in lines 70-75? Is this a positive description of love?
  • When Romeo says “You talk of nothing”, Mercutio responds, “True, I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain…” What does Mercutio mean by that? What was the point of this speech?

 

We also talked about Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting. What do you notice about the language in this scene? How does Romeo refer to himself and Juliet? How would that type of language be thought about at this time?

 

Finally, we read Romeo’s first speech in Act 2, Scene 2 as he waits for Juliet in the garden. Please review this speech and consider the following:

  • In the previous act, Romeo compared himself to a pilgrim and Juliet to a saint. How does he speak about her in this scene? Is it similar in nature or different? Remember how English Christian people viewed the sky and the stars in the 17th century.