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Thursday, May 27, 2010

R & J Comic Strip Assignment

The story of Romeo and Juliet - a 5 picture comic strip
Due (final date accepted): 5/23, Monday

These events in Romeo & Juliet listed below have been put in the wrong order. With one partner, choose at least five which you think represent the most important events in the story.  Draw and label those five in the correct order on art paper or using a computer.  (You may copy and paste - they are online in the English blog).  Draw cartoon pictures to show what happened, who the characters are, and their relationship to each other. Your drawings should have enough information to show their importance to the telling of the story. One way to do this is with speech bubbles, showing words that they say in the play. You may use art materials drawing on paper or online cartoon software.  Make your illustrations clear and interesting; they will be displayed to the public - everyone at school will see them.  (One good website is http://www.toondoo.com/, but there are others at http://techpp.com/2011/04/30/create-online-comic-strips/.)

  • Romeo and Juliet separate after their wedding night.
  • Romeo is depressed, heartsick over Rosaline, his distant dream girl.
  • Romeo asks Friar Laurence for help.
  • Capulet and Paris talk.
  • Romeo finds out about the Capulet party.
  • Capulet tells Paris his wedding to Juliet will be on Thursday.
  • Romeo’s buddy, Mercutio, is killed by Tybalt.
  • The Capulet party
  • Friar tells Juliet his plan for her to avoid the marriage to Paris.
  • Romeo meets Juliet.
  • Montague and Capulet servants fight.
  • Romeo visits Juliet at the cemetery.
  • The Nurse finds Romeo in the street and finalizes plans.
  • Romeo and Juliet are married by the Friar.
  • The Nurse and Lady Capulet talk to Juliet.
  • The Prince declares there will be no more fighting under pain of death.
  • Romeo avenges Mercutio’s death and slays Tybalt.
  • Romeo is banished to Verona.
  • Romeo and Juliet swear their love for each other.
  • Juliet refuses her father’s decision that she marry Paris.

Monday, May 10, 2010

cartoon comic strip site for Romeo & Juliet story

Go to this site to make your comic strip to picture your understanding of the story of Romeo and Juliet:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"No fear Shakespeare":

Below on the right side is a "translation" into modern English of the first scene of Act V of Romeo and Juliet. In this scene, Romeo has been thrown out of his home city.  He killed another boy in a street fight, and if he returns, the government will punish him with death.  But he just married beautiful Juliet. They cannot be together. He learns here from the servant, Balthasar, that Juliet has died.

The Original Text on the left is from the online Sparknotes site: Sparknotes R & J.  Compare these two.  This is the section of the play which is in your brown Exploring Literature textbook, pages 442 - 461.  You are responsible for knowing this section for test and final exam.

Act 5, Scene 1

Original Text

Modern Text

ROMEO enters.


If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep,
My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.
My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne,
And all this day an unaccustomed spirit
Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts.
I dreamt my lady came and found me dead—
Strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think—
And breathed such life with kisses in my lips
That I revived and was an emperor.
Ah me! How sweet is love itself possessed
When but love’s shadows are so rich in joy!
If I can trust my dreams, then some joyful news is coming soon. Love rules my heart, and all day long a strange feeling has been making me cheerful. I had a dream that my lady came and found me dead. It’s a strange dream that lets a dead man think! She came and brought me back to life by kissing my lips. I rose from the dead and was an emperor. Oh my! How sweet it would be to actually have the woman I love, when merely thinking about love makes me so happy.
ROMEO’s servant BALTHASAR enters.

News from Verona!—How now, Balthasar?
Dost thou not bring me letters from the friar?
How doth my lady? Is my father well?
How fares my Juliet? That I ask again,
For nothing can be ill if she be well.
Do you have news from Verona!—What is it, Balthasar? Do you bring me a letter from the friar? How is my wife? Is my father well? How is my Juliet? I ask that again because nothing can be wrong if she is well.


Then she is well, and nothing can be ill.
Her body sleeps in Capels' monument,
And her immortal part with angels lives.
I saw her laid low in her kindred’s vault
And presently took post to tell it you.
O, pardon me for bringing these ill news,
Since you did leave it for my office, sir.
Then she is well, and nothing is wrong. Her body sleeps in the Capulet tomb, and her immortal soul lives with the angels in heaven. I saw her buried in her family’s tomb, and then I came here to tell you the news. Oh, pardon me for bringing this bad news, but you told me it was my job, sir.