Students continue to develop their close reading skills as they resume their exploration of the short excerpt 1.1.206–236 begun in Lesson 2. In this passage, Romeo discusses his unrequited love for Rosaline with his cousin Benvolio.
- fair (adj.)
- chastity (n.)
- siege (n.)
- assailing (v.)
- posterity (n.)
- forsworn (v.)
- passing (adv.)
Listen / Read – Along
Read Act 1.1, lines 203–236 (from “I aimed so near when I supposed you loved” to “I’ll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt”). Focus on Shakespeare’s use of figurative language.
- How does Shakespeare use imagery to describe the woman Romeo loves in lines 206–209?
- How do Shakespeare’s specific word choices in lines 210–212 develop Romeo’s attitude toward the woman he loves?
- How does Romeo’s attitude toward the woman he loves develop a central idea in the text?
- Why does Romeo believe that she “makes huge waste”?
- What advice does Benvolio give Romeo?
- How does Shakespeare use figurative language to develop Romeo’s ideas about beauty in lines 230–231?
- How does Shakespeare use figurative language to further develop Romeo’s ideas about beauty in lines 232–234?
- To what does Romeo compare the beauty of “a mistress passing fair”?
- Paraphrase lines 233–234.
- How does Romeo’s response to Benvolio’s advice develop a central idea?
Quick Write (10-15 Minute Paragraph)
Respond briefly in writing to the following prompt:
- How does Shakespeare use figurative language to develop a central idea in lines 203–236?
Use this lesson’s vocabulary wherever possible and use the Short Response Rubric and Checklist to guide written responses