1. Based on the play, what inferences could you make about the author’s point of view regarding love? Support your inference with two specific references to the play. 

Based on the play, the inferences I could make about the author’s point of view regarding love is love is something that is commonly misunderstood. Although many people believe the play of Romeo and Juliet is portrayed as one of the greatest love stories written. However, the “love” that Romeo and Juliet manifested was an established explanation of the difficult consequences of uncontrolled lust. I believe that the author did not write the play to descript what love really is. Instead, he wrote the play to illustrate what love isn’t. In Act II of the Balcony scene, Romeo recites “beautiful” poetry that people believe exemplifies the key elements of passion and devotion. Nonetheless, in a serious outlook, the scene contains the most reckless, exaggerated response of two fools. They even admitted in Act 2 they have not shared “a hundred words of [each other’s] utterance (II. ii. 64-65) but yet they instantaneously devote themselves to each other just by the “love at first sight” experience they shared at the Capulet party that night. This shows that they have fallen in-love with merely the moment they experienced instead of each other. Does Juliet know the real Romeo? Throughout the play, the audience in introduced to several different Romeo’s. When Romeo was love-sick over Rosaline the afternoon on the day of the Capulet’s party, the audience is exposed to the sensitive, soft heart Romeo. Then when Romeo came to Mercutio and Benvolio hours before his wedding the day after the Capulet party, Romeo is being a regular guy who acts if they have no manners and such. By the hours that Juliet has spent with Romeo determine that Juliet knows all of Romeo? Of course not because whenever Romeo and Juliet spend time together, Romeo is the sweet, loving, passionate Romeo. Another supporting detail is that just that night of the Capulet party, Romeo was still in-love with Rosaline, the beauty that rejected him which results to him being miserable that night. If Romeo truly did love Rosaline, why was she replaced so easily by the sight of Juliet? Did Romeo fall for Juliet simply because that Juliet loved him back? Both Romeo and Juliet display a dangerously brash nature, as well as an incapability to manage their emotions, characteristic of their age.


2. Identify two elements of figurative language (poetic devices) you found in this play and discuss what they are and how they are used the effect that they create.

An element of figurative language that I have found in this play was Sonnet and Metaphor. Sonnet is a perfect, idealized poetic form often used to write about love. When Romeo and Juliet get together, they verbalize 14 lines before they kiss. These fourteen lines make up a shared sonnet, with a rhyme scheme of ababcdcdefefgg. Summarizing the moment of origin of Romeo and Juliet’s love within a sonnet therefore generates a perfect match between literary content and formal style. The figurative language of metaphor is also found in the play of Romeo and Juliet. “The first conversation Romeo and Juliet is an extended Christian metaphor” (SparkNotes: Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, scene v) Using the metaphors he used, he cleverly convinced Juliet to kiss him. This affected the play because most statements that Romeo and Juliet use are a metaphor which creates two different meanings of most statements. In Romeo and Juliet’s first conversation, Romeo compares Juliet to an image of a saint to be worship. After a few lines, Juliet calls Romeo “the god of her idolatry” ((II.i.156) which is also considered a metaphor in this play.


3. Choose a word from the play that you didn't know or found difficult. Discuss a strategy you used to overcome that difficulty and how you used it.

A word from the play that I didn’t know or found difficult is the word “anon”. A strategy I used to overcome this is looking it up on the internet and using side notes. By researching what anon means, I find out that the word anon defines “presently” or “very soon” or it could be the abbreviation of anonymous.


4. Find a line from the play that best states the main idea of the play

Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I'll no longer be a Capulet."
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2 


5. Identify one example of foreshadowing in the play. Explain.

The foreshadowing that is in the play is the line that is said by Mercutio before he dies because Tybalt stabbed him in a duel that Tybalt challenged Romeo to.“A plague a both your houses.” (III.i.99) This is an example of foreshadow because in the end Tybalt, Romeo, Juliet, Paris, and Lady Montague all die.

6. Based on the information in the play, what inference could you make about what happened before the play begins? Include one detail from the play in your answer.

Based on the information in the play, the inference I could make about what happened before Romeo and Juliet is just a regular old day. Although, the fight in the beginning between the Capulet’s and Montague’s seemed like a big outrage, I believe that this kind of stuff happens every other day since the Prince put his foot down and demanded an end to the quarrel. From what I comprehended from Romeo’s personality throughout the book and how his close family and friends reacted to Romeo when he was depressed about Rosaline in the beginning of the play, Romeo appears like he always has this kind of problem of he loves a girl but the girl doesn’t love him back. His cousin, Benvolio reacts as if this happened to many times and he’s ready to put his foot down. “By giving liberty unto thine eyes: Examine other beauties” (I.i.220-221) With the Capulet family, it seems like Juliet’s family was very surprised that a suitor wanted to marry Juliet because Capulet gave away his daughter to this rich man so quickly without even letting Juliet pick.


7. Write a description of what might happen next in this play if there were more to happen. Make reference to what happens in the original play to justify your addition.

What might happen next in this plays it the attempt of peace between the Montague and Capulet family. Since the hatred of their ancestors is one of the clear reasons for the death of their two beloved children, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague, they should try to settle things. However, the audience got visibly introduced to the pure personalities of Capulet and Lady Capulet, the attempt to create peace will be more difficult than thought for the reason of when Juliet refused to marry Paris, Capulet and Lady Capulet let out a tantrum and threatened to disown her if she doesn’t get her act together and marry the County. This will then lead to the controversy the two families will have to overcome to fix their problems.

8. Choose a word in the play made up of roots and prefixes and/or suffixes. Break down the word and define and discuss its component parts.

Root: Modest
Suffix: -y
Definition: unwillingness to draw attention to your own achievements or abilities.
Component Parts: the word Modesty is made up by the root of Modest and the suffix of y. The word modest defines humbleness and humility. However with the –y at the end of the word, this then shows the act of being modest.

9. What are two elements typical of a drama? Explain how these are represented in Romeo and Juliet.

Two elements that are typical of a drama are tragedy and comedy. A tragedy is the imitation in dramatic form of an action that is serious and complete, with incidents arousing pity and fear wherewith it affects a catharsis of such emotions. Tragedy is being depicted in the play of Romeo and Juliet because they end up dying because of the “strong love” they have towards each other. Their love caused so much controversy throughout the play because since no one knew about their marriage except the nurse and the Friar, when Juliet’s parents forced Juliet to marry Paris & she refused, this then led to the whole plan of faking the death of Juliet and Romeo finding out that she is actually dead & having Romeo and Juliet killing themselves because they didn’t want to live on earth without each other. Though it’s foolish, it’s an example of true tragedy. The essential difference between tragedy and comedy is in the depiction of human nature: tragedy shows greatness in human nature and human freedom whereas comedy shows human weakness and human limitation. Early in the play, Romeo’s best friend Mercutio is always up to something fun. Though he knows that he’s not that “tough-top-dog” in Verona’s street, he still acts as if he is. When Mercutio and Benvolio had Juliet’s nurse come to them, they started to make fun of her because she doesn’t look beautiful. They expressed that by telling jokes to make people laugh.  

10. Give an example of imagery from the play that creates a sense of emotion and explain how it creates this feeling.

An example of imagery that creates a sense of emotion in the play of Romeo and Juliet is the lines "A dateless bargain to engrossing death!...Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die" (5.3. 115; 120).This creates feeling because this line was said before he kill himself beside Juliet Capulet, the woman he loves. Shakespeare uses images of death to symbolize sorrow.

11. What truths about being human does this play reveal? Support your answer with specific references to the text.

The truth that is revealed about being human in the play of Romeo and Juliet is the fact that all humankind commits foolish actions. It all starts out when Romeo has depressingly fallen in-love with Rosaline, the beauty that has rejected him. Romeo fell for Rosaline merely because her beauty. “O, she is rich in beauty; only poor” (I.i.208). So his cousin dearest cousin Benvolio persuades bringing Romeo to a Capulet party that was happening that night so he could prove to Romeo that there are far more beautiful girls than Rosaline. “That I will show you shining at this feast/ And she shall scant show well that now shows best.” (I.ii.98-99). This then leads to Romeo falling in-love with Juliet at the Capulet party that Romeo and his friends crashed that night. Romeo and Juliet fall in-love with each other by love at first sight and already at that same night, Romeo goes to Juliet’s balcony and confesses his love towards her. After they both confess the love they manifest towards each other, Romeo purposes to her” The exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine.” (II.ii.127). Juliet quickly accepts the marriage even though they know that they are ancient enemies between each other. “I gave thee mine before thou didst request it: And yet I would it were to give again.” (II.ii.128-129) The acceptance to the marriage then resulted into more foolish acts which supports the statement that all humankind commits foolish actions.