Learning Map: Romeo and Juliet, Unit 4 Springboard
(Check as we complete each).
Essential Question: What strategies might help us to better understand drama and, specifically, Shakespeare’s plays?
I. ____Do Now: Quiz (8 minutes). Identify in four complete sentences why Romeo and Juliet’s marriage to each other would be either an offense against social rules of the time or would defy and offend specific people that are known to or loved by either Juliet or Romeo?
____In the film To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch and others speak about the way people are supposed to act and the code that they are expected to follow. At the root of the trial and the lie that had been forged to instigate it is a racist code in this Southern society that states either formally or informally that Whites and African-Americans are to be separate from each other. In writing, answer: What connections are there between this story and Romeo and Juliet? How might the play and its connection to the our recent discussion of 17th century marriage and behavior codes connect with other codes of behavior revealed in the film? You might focus on how “Chastatie” in the 17th century sense connects with this 1930s fictional society?
III.____A Close Read of Act III & IV Zeffirelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet. Complete the graphic organizer. (30 minutes)Take notes.
IV. ____Mini-Lecture ( 2 minutes) and Exercise (Complete for homework). Shakespeare’s Metaphors .
We recently had some fun with puns. Shakespeare also used comparisons, or, more properly, metaphors in his plays. He describes one thing in terms of another? How can that be? Here is an example in which he describes the new moon in terms of a silver bow:
And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New bent in heaven. [ A Midsummer Night’s Dream ]
If we were to remove from this statement the stuff about the bow being newly bent in heaven ready to release its arrow, we have left only the notion of the new moon. We could say quite simply, “there’s a new moon tonight.” This is called literal language. When we say that the moon when it is new is like a silver bow, bent in heaven, we are speaking in figurative or metaphorical language. This is the language of poetry and the poetic imagination.
In the following exercises you will find the kind of comparison that says literally that one thing is like or (depending upon the structure of the statement) as something else. The new moon was like a silver bow. This type of metaphor is often called a simile.
You are to extract from the comparison the literal statement. That is, you are to remove one side of the comparison, and take away the metaphor. (Often you can express the literal force of the metaphor with a word like very or easily.)
I can suck melancholy out of a song as a weasel sucks eggs. [ As You Like It ]
Answer: I can easily get a great deal of melancholy out of a song.
2. Yet they say we are
Almost as like as eggs. [The Winter’s Tale]
3. His speech was like a tangled chain---nothing impaired, but all disordered.
[ A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
4. And in his brain,
Which is as dry as the remainder biscuit
after a voyage. [ As You Like It ]
5. Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
[Venus and Adonis]
6. So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry.
[ A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
7. Look like the innocent flower
But be the serpent under ‘t. [Macbeth]
8. Oh were it but my life,
I’d throw it down for your deliverance
as frankly as a pin. [ Measure for Measure ]
9. Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.
[Romeo and Juliet]
10. As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods,
They kill us for their sport. [King Lear]
11. Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
[Henry the Fourth]
12. I take thy hand, this hand
as soft as dove’s down and as white as it.
[The Winter’s Tale ]
___Also, before we meet again review the Embedded Assessment, page 319-325. You were to look at Activity 4.16, pages 285-286. Theater companies ( groups of four ).
- Pick Scene to act
- Go over Questions 1 & 2 as a whole group on page 287.