Romeo & Juliet — Lesson 4

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Students continue to build close reading skills as they explore the excerpt 1.3.64–100, in which Lady Capulet discusses marriage with Juliet.


  1. dispositions (n.) – states of mind regarding something; inclinations
  2. teat (n.) – a nipple
  3. maid (n.) – a young unmarried woman
  4. volume (n.) – book
  5. lineament (n.) – a feature or detail of a face, body, or figure, considered with respect to its outline or contour
  6. margent (n.) – margin
  7. without (prep.) – at, on, or to the outside of
  8. endart (v.) – to stick with a dart or arrow
  9. consent (n.) – approval


  • Watch Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (0:15:13–0:15:56) and take notes on the Film Summary Tool provided.
    In this film clip you’ll learn the name of the woman who Romeo loves, and that Romeo and Benvolio plan to go to a feast at the Capulet’s so that Romeo can see her. However, some details from the film clip differ from details in the text. For example, in the text the invitation to the Capulet feast comes from a serving man bearing a letter. In the film clip, the invitation comes from two newscasters announcing the feast on television.
  1. Which characters appear in this clip from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet?
  2. What happens in this portion of the film?

Read and Answer Questions

Read Romeo and Juliet Act 1.3, lines 64–100 (from “Marry, that ‘marry’ is the very theme” to “Than your consent gives strength to make it fly”). Focus on how Shakespeare develops Juliet in this scene.

  1. What does Capulet’s Wife want to discuss with Juliet?
  2. How does Juliet’s response develop her character?
  3. For what reasons does Juliet’s mother want to discuss marriage?
  4. Why does Juliet’s mother want to talk to Juliet about Paris?
  5. How do the Nurse and Capulet’s Wife describe Paris?
  6. How does Juliet’s mother use the metaphor of an “unbound” book to describe the potential relationship between Paris and Juliet?
  7. How do lines 90–91 develop the relationship between the book and its cover?
  8. How does Juliet respond to her mother’s request “Can you like of Paris’s love”?
  9. How does Juliet’s response develop her character?
  10. How does the number of lines Juliet speaks in comparison to her mother develop Juliet’s character?

Quick Write (10-15 minute paragraph)

Respond briefly in writing to the following prompt:

  • How does Shakespeare develop Juliet’s character in Act 1.3, lines 64–100?

Look at your annotations and the text for evidence. Use this lesson’s vocabulary wherever possible and use the Short Response Rubric and Checklist to guide written responses


  • Compare Romeo and Juliet’s attitudes toward love.