The fourth part of this unit is a continuation of Romeo and Juliet. Use the following information for classroom instruction.
Go over the slideshow (included in this article with more elaborate points) as an introduction to the play. It is titled “Romeo and Juliet Part Four.”
- Slide 1 (Title Page)
- Slide 2 (Terms to Know)
- Slide 3 (Terms to Know Continued)
Have students read Act II Prologue, Scene I, II, and III of Romeo and Juliet. It would be best if students took notes on key points from the reading.
Furthermore, have students analyze and write detailed responses to the following questions:
Act II, Prologue
- How has Romeo’s view on Rosaline changed? Explain.
- What have Romeo and Juliet realized? Explain.
- What does the couplet point out in regards to love? Provide examples.
Act II, Scene I
- This scene serves as an intermission between Romeo and Juliet’s first and second meeting. What does it reveal about Romeo? Provide examples.
- Are Mercutio and Benvolio aware of Romeo’s change of heart? Why or why not? Draw on examples from the text.
Act II, Scene II
- Describe the romantic nature of the balcony scene. What type of emotional impact does it have on both Romeo and Juliet?
- What is the symbolism of the moon in this scene? Why does Romeo swear by it? Why does Juliet warn against swearing by it?
- How does this love scene transform Romeo and Juliet from simple youths to more mature beings? Explain.
- What role does light and darkness play in this scene? Use examples from the text.
Act II, Scene III
- How is Friar Lawrence characterized when first introduced? Provide examples.
- What does Friar Lawrence symbolize? Explain.