How can you tell Romeo rushes to act?
What does this tell us about his character?
If you struggle you can find a translation here:
ROMEO I do protest I never injured thee,
But love thee better than thou canst devise,
Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
And so, good Capulet—which name I tender
As dearly as my own—be satisfied.
(After argument Mercutio is killed by Tybalt)
This gentleman, the Prince’s near ally,
My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt
In my behalf. My reputation stained
With Tybalt’s slander.—Tybalt, that an hour
Hath been my kinsman! O sweet Juliet,
Thy beauty hath made me effeminate
And in my temper softened valor’s steel!
O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead!
That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds,
Which too untimely here did scorn the earth.
This day’s black fate on more days doth depend.
This but begins the woe others must end.
Here comes the furious Tybalt back again.
Alive in triumph—and Mercutio slain!
Away to heaven, respective lenity,
And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now.
Now, Tybalt, take the “villain” back again
That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio’s soul
Is but a little way above our heads,
Staying for thine to keep him company.
Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.
A few literary terms – be sure to look up examples
Dramatic Irony – audience knows something the characters don’t
Verbal Irony – Meaning is different from what is said (sarcasm)
Situational Irony – Situation is not as it appears to be
Personification – Give human qualities to non-human things
Allusion – reference to another literary work, a historical event or person
Pun – play on words
Tragedy – play in which the main character suffers a major downfall
Prologue – Introduction to a play in which one character sums up & foreshadows future events
Prose – regular paragraph format with no rhyme or rhythm
Metaphor – comparison of 2 different things (saying it IS something)
Foreshadowing – hints or clues to future events in a story
Inference – Draw conclusions as to what has already happened
Assonance – repetition of vowel sounds
Alliteration – repetition of consonant sounds
Connotation – meanings we assign to words
Denotation – dictionary definitions