Saturday, November 5, 2016

Reading Period 8: November 4-10: Romeo and Juliet

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, November 7
Assignments: Wednesday, November 9

Long Read: 

Romeo and Juliet, Acts 3 and 4.

Poem: 

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616

 My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
     And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
     As any she belied with false compare.

Think, as you read: Where is the turning point in this poem?

Check out this scanned version of the book of sonnets, in the Folger Shakespeare Library.

By William Shakespeare


Creative Assignment:

Choose at least three characters from the play and draw them as Pokemon. Don't choose existing Pokemons that are similar to the character -- make up new ones! For extra wonderfulness, draw two pictures for each Pokemon -- one in its basic form and one after it has evolved. So maybe emo Romeo evolves into joyful Romeo.

OR

Write a letter to William Shakespeare in which you argue with one of his creative choices in the play. For example, you could ask "Why did Mercutio have to die?" or maybe state that characters who have met in Act 1 shouldn't be married in Act 2 -- it's too soon! Use persuasive language and a well-reasoned position to convince the author a revision is necessary.

Writing Assignment:

The two sonnets we have read by William Shakespeare, both last week and this week, are love poems that compare the beloved to different elements in nature. Write an essay comparing the love expressed in these two sonnets. We talked about the first one in class -- take a crack at reading this second one closely and delving into it line by line to determine the meaning. Your essay will need an introduction that grabs the reader's attention and presents your topic, a paragraph for each of the poems, and a conclusion that takes the reader to a new place or introduces a new idea. Maybe you could decide, in your conclusion, which speaker is more loved, or which mistress more lovely. When you turn this in on paper, please indent the first lines of your paragraph, use spaces between lines, and put your name, the date, and the reading period on the page.

OR

Romeo's life is an emotional roller coaster! That means that he can go from rage to joy to despair and back to joy in a short period of time. Read Act 3 carefully and pay special attention to tracking Romeo's emotions. Write an essay in which you describe at least three different emotional states, and use quotes from the play to show how Romeo is feeling in these different situations. Your essay will need an introduction that grabs the reader and presents your topic, three paragraphs to show different emotions in this part of the play, and a conclusion that takes the reader to a new place. Maybe in your conclusion you could speculate whether Romeo is being too emotional, or whether his emotions are genuine. You could criticize him for being a hothead, or suggest ways in which the character could be  played. When you turn this in on paper, please indent the first lines of your paragraph, use spaces between lines, and put your name, the date, and the reading period on the page.

Quiz:

1. Who killed Mercutio?
2. Who killed Tybalt?
3. What does the Prince decide will be the punishment for killing Tybalt?
4. How does Romeo get in and out of Juliet's room?
5. What does the nurse recommend that Juliet do, at the end of Act 3?
6. What does Juliet threaten to do if she has to marry Paris?
7. Describe Friar Lawrence's plan to help Romeo and Juliet.
8. What is Juliet worried about before she drinks the poison?
9. Who finds Juliet's apparently dead body?
10. Why does Friar Lawrence say the family should quit grieving?
BONUS: What do you think is the point of bringing the musicians on at the end of this act?

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