ROMEO & JULIET. Directed by Franco Zefferelli. CLOSE READING QUESTIONS. Prologue What is the principal function of the sonnet delivered by the Chorus at the beginning of the play ? 1.1
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What iterated image does Romeo uses to characterize Juliet when he first sees her, and what view of Juliet does this image seem to suggest?
What is the function of the religious imagery of the sonnet within which Romeo and Juliet 2.2
How might a modern stage designer use lighting to motivate Romeo's words when he first spies Juliet?
Why does Romeo prefer to think of Juliet as the sun rather than the moon?
How is Juliet rationalizing when she talks of Romeo's name?
What are two indications in this scene that Juliet may be slightly more mature than Romeo?
How might the fact that the herb that Friar Lawrence is picking contains both medicine and poison be a comment on the quality of the relationship between Romeo and Juliet? Or on Romeo and Juliet themselves? Or on the nature of others in the play?
How would you stage the scene in which Mercutio jokes with Juliet's nurse: Would this be done all in fun or would it perhaps get more serious, more threatening?
What is the function of the bawdy language that Mercutio uses in this scene?
2.5 Lawrence as guilty of being hasty as are Romeo and Juliet? What vivid hint does
Why won't Juliet's Nurse give her Romeo's message as soon as she returns from her mission?
Who is really to blame for Mercutio's death?
Why does Romeo feel he has to avenge his friend's death? Is he right?
When Romeo calls himself "fortune’s fool," what is he blaming Mercutio’s death on? When he refers to his "stained reputation" and to his being made "effeminate" by Juliet’s beauty, what does this reveal about Romeo?
3.2 Lawrence as guilty of being hasty as are Romeo and Juliet? What vivid hint does
Why would Shakespeare put this scene, in which the newly married Juliet eagerly awaits the night so she may consummate her relationship to Romeo, right after the scene in which Romeo ruins everything for them by killing Tybalt?
How do Romeo's words and actions with the Friar suggest his immaturity?
Why does Shakespeare have Juliet's father now become impatient and demand that she marry Count Paris immediately?
What must Juliet be feeling as the Nurse cynically advises her to forget Romeo and marry Paris?
4.3 Lawrence as guilty of being hasty as are Romeo and Juliet? What vivid hint does
Just before she takes the potion prepared by the Friar, Juliet seems fearful; what is she afraid of?
Did the tragic outcome of this play result from accident, from fate, or from character? Or from some combination of the three?