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Activity Sheet Theme Matrix

Learning Objectives

    ; To enable students to have a clear understanding of the play’s


    ; To be able to illustrate a theme with specific quotations from

    specific characters.

    ; To promote discussions on the themes in the play

    This activity has purposefully been designed to be more challenging and to facilitate a deeper level of learning. It can only be done with students who have a firm knowledge of the play, its sequence of events and the characters.

Dictionary Definition

    theme - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"


    ; Card sheets of card to print onto

    ; Scissors

    ; Laminator

    ; 4 empty Matrices (preferably blown up to A3)

    ; 1 of each themed Matrix (again preferably A3) a different

    colour for each theme cut up into individual boxes laminated

    and mixed up .



    ; At the start of this session establish a clear understanding of

    the idea of themes’.

    ; Encourage students to consider soap operas, their storylines

    and the themes in them.

    ; Ask students to make a list of the possible themes in Romeo

    and Juliet.

    ; Identify with the students where these themes appear in the


    ; Split the class into four groups.

    ; Give each group an empty matrix (blown up to A3 ) which

    you will find on page 7.

    ; Give each group a set of same coloured boxes.

    ; Ask students to match quotes with characters and place

    them chronologically within their empty matrix. ; Once completed this can be used as a part of a wall display

    in the classroom.


    ; To make the task simpler pre-place some of the boxes in the


    ; You may wish to create resources for other themes: death,

    friendship, growing up, parent/child relationships, friendship.

    Suggested Assignments

    ; Ask students to write modern day translations of the

    quotations to demonstrate a clear understanding of the text. ; Ask students to create their own Theme Matrix.


Love Matrix

Dictionary Definition

    Love - to have strong feelings of affection for another adult and be

    romantically and sexually attracted to them, or to feel great affection for a

    friend or person in your family

    Characters Quotes Scenes Benvolio ‘Alas that love so gentle in his view Act 1 Scene 1

    Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof’ 167- 168

    Romeo ‘Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight. Act 1 Scene 5

    For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night’ 51 52

    Romeo ‘Can I go forward when my heart is here? Act 2 Scene 1

    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.’ 1- 2

    Juliet & ‘By whose direction found’st thou out this Act 2 Scene 2 Romeo place’

    ‘By love, that first did prompt me to enquire. 79 81

    He lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes.’

    Juliet ‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea, Act 2 Scene 2

    My love as deep: the more I give to thee 133 - 135

    The more I have, for both are infinite.’

    Friar ‘Young men’s love then lies Act 2 Scene 3 Laurence

     Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes.’ 63 - 63

    Friar ‘Therefore love moderately; long love doth so. Act 2 Scene 6 Laurence Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.’ 13 16

    Tybalt ‘the love I bear thee can afford Act 3 Scene1

    No better term than this: thou art a villain’ 59 - 60



Dictionary Definition:

    Rivalry - a person, group, etc. competing with others for the same thing or in

    the same area

    Character Quote Scene Chorus ‘Two households both alike in dignity Prologue

     (In fair Verona, where we lay our scene) 1 4

     From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

     Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean’

    Prince ‘Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Act 1 Scene1

     Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel’ 79 - 80

    Prince Three civil brawls bred of an airy word Act 1 Scene 1

     By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, 87 89

     Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets’

    Capulet ‘But Montague is bound as well as I, Act 1 Scene 2

     In penalty alike, and ‘tis not hard I think 1-3

     For men so old as we to keep the peace.’

    Tybalt ‘ Come hither, cover’d with an antic face, Act 1 Scene 5

     To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? 55 - 57

     Now by the stock and honour of my kin,

     To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.’

    Friar ‘In one respect I’ll thy assistant be. Act 2 Scene 3 Laurence

     For this alliance may so happy prove 86 88

     To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.’

    Mercutio ‘A plague o’ both your houses’ Act 3 Scene 1


    Prince ‘Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague, Act 5 Scene 3

     See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,' 290 292


    Fate / Foreshadowing

Dictionary Definitions:

    Fate - a power that some people believe causes and controls all events, so

    that you cannot change or control the way things will happen

    Foreshadowing - to act as a warning or sign of a future event

    Character Quote Scene Chorus ‘A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life,’ Prologue

     Line 6

    Chorus The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love’ Prologue

     Line 9

    Romeo ‘ I fear too early, for my mind misgives some Act 1 Scene 4

     consequence yet hanging in the stars’ 106 107

    Benvolio ‘The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, Act 3 Scene 1

     And if we meet we shall not ‘scape a brawl, 2 4

     For now these hot days is the mad blood stirring.’

    Romeo ‘O, I am fortune’s fool’ Act 3 Scene 1

     Line 138

    Juliet ‘O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Act 3 Scene 5

     Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, 54 56

     As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.’

    Romeo ‘I dreamt my lady came and found me dead’ Act 5 Scene 1


    Friar ‘A greater power than we can contradict Act 5 Scene 3 Laurence

     Hath thwarted our intents.’ 153 154



Dictionary Definition

    Hate - an extremely strong dislike

    Character Quote Scene Tybalt ‘What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, Act 1 Scene 1

     As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee: 67 68

    Romeo ‘O brawling love, O loving hate, Act 1 Scene 1


    Juliet ‘My only love sprung from my only hate. Act 1 Scene 5

     Too early seen unknown, and known too late.’ 137 138

    Romeo ‘My life were better ended by their hate Act 2 Scene 2

     Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.’ 77 78

    Friar ‘For this alliance may so happy prove Act 2 Scene 4 Laurence

     To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.’ 87 - 88

    Romeo ‘In what vile part of this anatomy Act 3 Scene 3

     Doth my name lodge? Tell me that I may sack 105 107

     The hateful mansion.’

    Juliet ‘I pray you tell my lord and father, madam, Act 3 Scene 5

     I will not marry yet. And when I do, I swear 122 - 123

     It shall be to Romeo, whom you know I hate,

     Rather than Paris.’ Prince ‘See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, Act 5 Scene 3 Escalus

     That heaven finds means to kill your joys with 291 - 294


     And I, for winking at your discords too,

     Have lost a brace of kinsman. All are punish’d.


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