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Lesson Plan: Character Analysis of Romeo and Juliet

written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 1/20/2012

Prepare students to write an actual literary analysis instead of a rehashed summary.

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    After reading several Romeo and Juliet essays, I desired to wrap the telephone around my ankle and bungee jump from the roof of the gymnasium. The essays were nothing but rehashed summaries of the play. As I was traversing the main rafter in the gym, the principal yelled at me to come down. He said he'd give me Romeo and Juliet Lesson Plans that included a lesson plan for writing a Romeo and Juliet essay that would provide character analysis of Romeo and Juliet and help students analyze quotations.

    I was dismissed for lighting my hair on fire after grading an essay on independent reading strategies and never got to share the character analysis of Romeo and Juliet lesson plan with my students.

    But you can.

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    Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene i-v Quote Analysis

    • Act II Scene i:

    “And if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him."

    Who said it?

    What does this say about his/her character?

    What is his/her moral alignment?

    What is the context of the quote?

    What specific diction is used to convey his/her personality?

    • Act II Scene ii:

    “What man art thou, thus bescreened in night, so stumblest on my counsel?"

    Who said it?

    What does this say about his/her character?

    What is his/her moral alignment?

    What is the context of the quote?

    What specific diction is used to convey his/her personality?

    • Act II Scene iii:

    “Holy Saint Francis! What a change is here! Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,

    so soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes."

    Who said it?

    What does this say about his/her character?

    What is his/her moral alignment?

    What is the context of the quote?

    What specific diction is used to convey his/her personality?

    • Act II Scene iv:

    “ Pardon good Mercutio. My business was great, and in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy."

    Who said it?

    What does this say about his/her character?

    What is his/her moral alignment?

    What is the context of the quote?

    What specific diction is used to convey his/her personality?

    • Act II Scene v:

    “Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a courteous, and kind, and a handsome, and, I warrant, a virtuous—Where is your mother?"

    Who said it?

    What does this say about his/her character?

    What is his/her moral alignment?

    What is the context of the quote?

    What specific diction is used to convey his/her personality?

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    Procedures and Assessment

    The above citations are examples of passages you could use. I recommend using passages that suit your fancy, ones that you have already discussed in class, or ones that may appear on your test.

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    For a complete semester standards based curriculum guide, follow the link.