Act II quiz and scene summaries: Day 153

1. Oral Quiz on Act II. We reviewed Act II with an oral quiz. We will have another oral quiz on Wednesday over Act III and then on Friday over Acts IV and V. We discussed how in Act II, scene i Mercutio mocks Romeo’s love by creating a blazon d’amour–a listing and praising of body parts on a lady–about Rosaline (“I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes, / By her high forehead and her scarlet lip, / By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering things, / And the demesnes that there adjacent lie” !!!). Later, Romeo makes his own mini-blazon for Juliet (“The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars / As daylight doth a lamp. Her eyes in heaven / Would through the airy region stream so bright / That birds would sing and think it were not night.”) Check out this blazon d’amour:

0:30-0:45 and 1:43-1:55 (“Her eyes make the stars look like they’re not shining; her hair falls perfectly without her trying”) Bruno Mars obviously read the balcony scene.

2. Scene paraphrasing. Each student received a copy of one scene from Romeo and Juliet to analyze in greater depth and then perform with a group. Today, we began reading these scenes, sentence by sentence, paraphrasing after each. Groups will continue this work tomorrow.

HW: Read Act III for Wednesday (read half of it tonight). Read Act IV and Act V for Friday.

Listen to Act III online.

To download the entire recording click here: iTunes or Complete File.

Watch Act III before, after, or as you read here: (BE SURE TO PAUSE TO READ FOOTNOTES!)

*1978 version*

Act III, scene i

Act III, scene ii

start at 6:40

Beware – this version leaves off about 10 lines at the end of the scene.

Act III, scene iii

start at 5:00

Act III, scene iv

start at 2:23

Act III, scene v

start at 4:47

*other less accurate versions*

Act III, scene i

start at 3:49, and cuts the first 50-60 lines of the scene

start at 0:23, stop at 9:20, and then skip to 10:05 if you feel like destroying your soul or are just looking forward to Titanic with this kind of terrible 1996 version:

until 3:27, plus a few extra lines just to make sure the overly simplistic Hollywood audiences understand.

Act III, scene ii

watch 9:20-10:06 to see Clare Danes cut short Juliet’s monologue:

Act III, scene iii

watch 3:27-6:20, but then be prepared to skip 10s of lines at a time because this scene is so chopped up.

Act III, scene iv

9:05-9:35 only