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ROMEO AND JULIET Looking at Act One, Scene One
PLOT RECAP Put the following plot points in order; number them from 1 -12. 1 4 The Montague and the Capulets start a brawl. Benvolio tries to stop them but Tybalt joins in. 7 3 Romeo and Benvolio plan to gatecrash the Capulet Ball. 6 11 Romeo and Juliet are married in secret by Friar Lawrence. Later that day Tybalt challenges Romeo to a fight. Romeo refuses so Mercutio steps in and fights Tybalt instead. Tybalt kills Mercutio. 5 Romeo takes poison and dies. Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo dead, she stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger. Later Romeo climbs into the Orchard and up Juliet’s balcony. They decide to get married the next day. 2 At the ball Romeo and Juliet meet and kiss. Tybalt sees Romeo and wants to fight him. Capulet stops Tybalt. Juliet decides to fake her death with a sleeping drug. Romeo hears Juliet had died and goes to see her, missing a message telling him she is faking it. Romeo then kills Tybalt. The Prince banishes Romeo to Mantua. 10 8 The Prince arrives and warns that anyone caught fighting will be punished with death. 12 9 The Montagues and the Capulets agree to stop fighting. Romeo goes to see Juliet before going to Mantua. Juliet is told she has to marry Paris.
THEMES There are many themes in Romeo and Juliet. Here are some of them, can you think of any more? What do you think the most important theme is? Love Friendship Family HATE
ACT 1, SCENE 1 As a class read Act 1, Scene 1. Try and break the language down as you are following the text and work out the meaning behind the words. Who are the main characters in this scene? Tybalt Benvolio The Prince Capulet Servants Montague Servants
QUICK THINKING POINT What themes are there in Act 1, Scene 1? Think about what is happening in the scene, how the characters behave and interact with each other and what each character might be thinking/feeling. . . Discuss this with someone near you now! DON’T ANSWER YET! Let’s explore some of the thinking points above in more detail. . .
CHARACTER PROFILES How are the characters below feeling in this scene? What are they thinking? How do you know? Use evidence from the text to explain your point of view. Have a go at the example below first. Tybalt Angry I hate all Montagues. I want to fight. Violent Hateful Argumentative Can you find a quote from the text to prove my point?
PEE PARAGRAPHS (POINT, EVIDENCE, EXPLAIN) P When Tybalt enters the scene he is feeling argumentative and wants to start a fight with the Montagues. E This can be shown in the quote “What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!” E Tybalt is telling Benvolio how much he hates him and how much he wants to fight. He then challenges Benvolio to a fight. This shows how argumentative Tybalt is.
PEE PARAGRAPHS (POINT, EVIDENCE, EXPLAIN) Now it’s your turn. . . 1. Think about Benvolio in Act 1, Scene 1. Create a character profile for him. 2. Write a PEE paragraph about Benvolio. 3. Think about the Prince in Act 1, Scene 1. Create a character profile for him. 4. Write a PEE paragraph about the Prince.
LOOKING BACK. . . What do you think the main themes in Act 1, Scene 1 are? WHY? Share your ideas with the class, giving a reason and if you can, a quote from the scene to prove your point.