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Table of Contents: 1) Prologue 2) “In text” section a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h.

Shakespeare´s Profile Romeo´s Anatomy Juliet´s Anatomy Identifying Puns Matching Game Identifying Types of Irony Moods in Setting Setting Description

3) Modern Adaptation a. Song Analysis 4)´´Featured Artists´´ Section a. Comic Book b. ´´Everlasting Love´´ Iambic Pentameter c. After Story - Script d.´´Talking to the stars´´ Free Verse e. Fashion


Shakespeare´s Profile: His Family:  One of his relatives William Arden was executed for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I  His father was threatened four times with prosecution for illegal trading and money-lending  He married an older women who was 8 years old older than him, Anne Hathaway and she was pregnant with his child before they got married. He was married when he was only 18 years old.  William had his own coat of arms made for his family. It had the Latin inscription that said ´´Non Sans Droict´´ that means ´´Not Without Right´´


His Work:  He wrote 27 plays and 154 sonnets throughout his lifetime  Suicides occur 13 times in his plays. Such as Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar.  About 20 of his plays were lost and nobody has ever seen them, but there is one play called Cardenio which was unfortunately lost as well.  He never published his plays, but two of his actors John Hemminges and Henry Condell published and recorded 36 of his plays.  Thomas Thorpe published his sonnets without his permission

His Work:  During the Black Plague theaters were closed, so Shakespeare began to write poetry and finished his first batch of Sonnets  He had a vocabulary range that went from 17,000 to 29,000 words.  He used over 7,000 of his words only once and never use them again  Most of his plays were based on other poem, earlier plays or histories.  The audience could buy apples or pears to eat during the show, and if the actors dissatisfied the members of the audience, these will be thrown at them  His longest play ´´Hamlet´´ lasted four hours


Himself:  In his signatures he used to write his name as Willm Shaksp, William Shakespe, Wm Shakspe, William Shakspere, Willm Shakspere, and William Shakspeare but never as William Shakespeare as he is currently known. It´s believed that there are 80 variations recorded for his name.  In his time it was illegal to be a Catholic but after he died it was discovered that he was indeed a Catholic.  There is not an exact date of his birthday. His birthday is celebrated on April 23rd but he was born under the Julian calendar. In our Gregorian calendar April 23rd is actually May 3rd.  His name is an anagram for ´´I am a weakish speller ´´

Himself:  He was an actor in many of his own plays like the ghost is Hamlet  Based on evidence found in his sonnets and plays some people believe that Shakespeare was bisexual. The evidence for this was a beautiful young man that was referenced as a lover in his sonnets a. These young men were be Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton and Baron of Titchfield to whom Shakespeare also dedicated his poems to.  There was a curse that he write himself for his grave for anyone who dared to move him from his resting place.


Modern Life:  All of the Uranus satellites (moons) are named after Shakespearean characters  There are 157 million pages that refer to him in Google even more than there are for God which are 132 million  Two of his plays ´´Hamlet´´ and ´´Much Ado about Nothing´´ have been translated into Klingon, the language of Star Trek.  He has introduced 3,00 words to the English language, credited by the Oxford English Dictionary  Shakespeare‟s remains are still undisturbed

Controversy in his Work: • There is a controversy that claims that he didn´t write his own plays • About 50 other writers are candidates to be the real writers for his plays • This can be considered true because a dozen of his plays were writer in company with other writers • The evidence however, of the original author of the plays cannot be proven • During his lifetime his authorship was never questioned • It was around the 19th century, when Shakespeare because very famous that his work was starting to be questioned


Romeo´s Anatomy:

Juliet´s Anatomy:


Identifying Puns: 1. No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but 'tis enough; „twill serve: ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. 2. Give me a torch. I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy, I will bear light. 3. Not I, believe me: you have dancing shoes With nimble soles: I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move. 4. Consort! what, dost thou make us minstrels? an thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords: here's my fiddlestick; here's that shall make you dance. 'Zounds, consort! 1. Clues: This pun has two meanings, because Mercutio was wounded and that the next day he could die and also that if he doesnâ€&#x;t die, he will change and become a different man. 2. Clues: This pun means that Romeo can bear the light that comes from choosing a torch; he can bear the consequences that come from taking a risky action. 3. Clues: The pun here means that the soles of the shoes should be light to be easier to dance. Nevertheless Romeo feels his soul is like the soles of his shoes. Of his soul feels heavy he cannot move, referring as his dancing shoes as being heavy and not light. 4. Clues: Here the pun means that the minstrels are the ones that make music, and referring to that as discord is disturbing the chords by discords causing rebellion. 2

Matching Game


Identifying Types of Irony “Go ask his name: if he be married” -----------------------------

“If you ask for me tomorrow you shall find me a grave man” -----------------------------

“Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch: marry, „tis enough” -----------------------------

Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride. I wonder at this haste; that I must wed Ere he, that should be husband, comes to woo. I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris. These are news indeed! -----------------------------

“I will confess to you that I love him” ----------------------------O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb: Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale. -----------------------------

“My life is my foe‟s debt” -----------------------------

“Indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him dead” -----------------------------

“I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather that Paris; these are news indeed” -----------------------------

Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss. ----------------------------4

Setting Descriptions: Friar Laurence´s Cell: The mood that this setting portrays to the story is of protection and safety. This environment influenced Romeo and Juliet to get married, because it was the only place that they could be together without it being a secret. Another mood that it represents is of death because that is where people go to bury the people who have died. This mood influences the death of Romeo, Juliet and Paris. Because all the characters that were destined to die arrived to the graveyard and die. These characters are the main characters that their actions are the most important ones in the story.


Setting Description: The Balcony: The mood that the balcony portrays is of secrecy because Juliet and Romeo couldn‟t be together, and the balcony formed a separation between them and also, they could be together in secret at Juliet´s house without their parents knowing. Another mood that the balcony scene portrays is romance because it was a beautiful gesture form Romeo to show up at Juliet´s balcony to woo her.


Setting Description: The Masquerade Ball: This scene gives a feeling of mystery, which allows to other actions to happen without anybody knowing. This leads to the encounter of Romeo and Juliet, where they first met fell in love and their whole story began since that moment


Song Analysis: Love Story by Taylor Swift We were both young when I first saw you. I close my eyes and the flashback starts: I'm standing there on a balcony in summer air. See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns. See you make your way through the crowd And say, "Hello," Little did I know...

This is referring to Romeo and Juliet because Juliet was 23 and Romeo 17 when they first met Referring to the scene in the balcony in the play

Referring to the Capulet´s party where Romeo and Juliet first met

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles, And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet" And I was crying on the staircase Begging you, "Please don't go" And I said... Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone. I'll be waiting; all that's left to do is run. You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess, It's a love story, baby, just say, "Yes." So I sneak out to the garden to see you. We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew So close your eyes... escape this town for a little while. Oh, oh. 'Cause you were Romeo – I was a scarlet letter, And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet." But you were everything to me, I was begging you, "Please don't go." And I said... Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone. I'll be waiting; all that's left to do is run. You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess. It's a love story, baby, just say, "Yes." Romeo, save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel. This love is difficult but it's real. 8

Referring that Juliet´s parent’s didn´t want Juliet to be with Romeo because of the fights between their families

Referring that Romeo and Juliet and to keep their relationship in secret because of the struggles between their families.

Referring to the scene where Romeo had to leave for Mantua and Juliet wanted him to stay Referring to the scene where her father forces her to marry Paris but Juliet doesn’t want to because she is in love with Romeo

Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess. It's a love story, baby, just say, "Yes." Oh, oh. I got tired of waiting Wondering if you were ever coming around. My faith in you was fading When I met you on the outskirts of town. And I said... "Romeo, save me, I've been feeling so alone. I keep waiting for you but you never come. Is this in my head? I don't know what to think." He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said... "Marry me, Juliet, you'll never have to be alone. I love you, and that's all I really know. I talked to your dad – go pick out a white dress It's a love story, baby, just say, "Yes." Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. 'Cause we were both young when I first saw you.

Referring again the time where Romeo and Juliet first saw each other when they were very young


Referring to the scene here Romeo and Juliet get married

Referring to the genre of the play because despite of being a tragedy it´s also a love story

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Everlasting Love - Iambic Pentameter Far away I saw you from the distance For my eyes you looked really beautiful I felt truly in love in an instant Your lips looked kissable and wonderful

All the time I wanted you by my side But no, for you love that was not enough Oh my, you told me to make you a bride I agreed, for you everything my love

And no one could stop us we got married But we couldnâ€&#x;t stop the problems that came Away your dearest cousin was carried Then love, things for us were never the same

Later on, oh I was told to be gone And you my darling were told to move on


After Story – Script (5 months after the death of Romeo & Juliet, Nurse went to visit their grave)Nurse walks in Nurse: Oh, my darling my Juliet. It´s been so long since me last heard thy voice. Where is thee now, oh for I will like to know. Nurse kneels on the grave, closes her eyes and prays Rosaline walks in Rosaline: Well it´s true, I didn‟t want to believe but it is. Oh my dear Romeo if I hadn‟t let you go you would be a grave man. Oh it´s all my fault Rosaline cries kneeling next to the nurse and cries Nurse: please forgive my intrusion miss, but who are thou? And why are thou blaming thy self for sir Romeo´s death? Rosaline: oh please excuse myself for all of this, but I shall know thy name before I tell thee anything Nurse: forgive me for not introducing myself before; I was the nurse of Miss Juliet before she passed away. Rosaline: well, I dare say that I rejected Romeo because I couldn‟t be with him. But now I wonder, if this tragedy happened because of me. Because I rejected him. She kneels again and she starts to cry Nurse: oh, please get up miss. You have to understand this happened for many reasons but I don´t believe any of them happened because of thee. The faiths of these two children were dictated before they met each other. So don´t blame thee don´t suffer, for this all happened because of destiny and the power of love Rosaline: thank you very much; you are a very kind woman. Now I can live in peace, you don´t know the pain that hunted be during this past months, it was so heavy. I couldn‟t visit Romeo´s grave because of the guilt I would feel but I came here to look for peace and thanks to thee I have founded. Which is why I am forever great foul to thee. Now I must go, for I can‟t be away much time. But I am very pleased I made your acquaintance Nurse. You have set my soul free from the chains of regret. Goodbye Rosaline walks away Nurse: ah my dear Juliet, faith was not kind to you, as well as your destiny. But now thee can rest in peace wherever thou may be and where thou belong. With the soul of thy Romeo Nurse walks away


Talking to the Stars – Free Verse Up in the sky Lighting up the dark Oh, magical stars Tell me, should I give away my heart

Written from Juliet´s perspective

Should I trust? Should I believe him? Oh destiny tell me the answer Or else my heart will drown On the river of doubt inside me

I feel my heart breaking like a shattered mirror I love him I know that But is his love for me enough to compromise?

Your light, hope of life I am forever grateful For you listening to my troubled heart I think I know what to do now

I shall ask him for proof of his love Or else I´m done


Heavenly Stars - Free Verse Written from Romeo´s Perspective

I cannot stand it anymore I want to be with you But it is forbidden I fear that we will never see each other again I fear I will never hear your voice ever again Should I take risks? Should I hide and keep it a secret? The only way to be close to you is when my heart touches a sword When I am able to love you and it‟s not forbidden and there is no need for any word Heavenly stars what should I do Please tell me what to do I no longer know who I am, how I feel, Maybe I am dead or maybe not…. I‟m confused I am dead when I am alive I am alive when I am dead


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One of our very talented designers has made her own collection of outfits for Romeo and Juliet keeping in mind the style and traditions of the time the play was developed. The costumes used in Romeo and Juliet where from the Elizabethan era around 1558 to 1603. For men the costumes consisted in boots, pants, a shirt, a vest and a hat. For women it consisted on shoes, an underskirt, a shirt, a bodice and a hat. Their hairstyle was usually long and braided in the back. The clothes of the characters represented their wealth; this was related with the fabric of the clothes and their colors Below you will the designs inspired on the Elizabethan era and the play of Romeo and Juliet










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