Romeo and Juliet Symbols, Imagery, & Motifs

Romeo and Juliet Symbols, Imagery, & Motifs
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Themes, Symbols, and Motifs in Literature

Reading Between the Lines: Themes, Symbols, & Motifs

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One of the beautiful things about stories are the underlying lessons, morals, or critiques they contain. Teaching students to identify these hidden messages brings greater depth to their literary experiences. Storyboarding is a great way to teach the concept of themes, symbols, or motifs. It allow the visuals or symbols to tell the stories, making the ideas easy for students to understand and expound upon. With storyboards, students can reflect abstract ideas in a concrete manner, a useful tool for middle school or high school students.

Romeo and Juliet Activities

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is about two star­-crossed lovers from feuding families, who take their own lives. Through a series of unfortunate events, fate and chance turn against the lovers. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, marry in secret, but are soon separated. The two die tragically in one of the most famous examples of dramatic irony.

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Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Symbolism, Imagery, & Motifs definition and examples

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  • Throughout the play light and dark imagery is repeated
  • Dreams are seen as an attempt to escape from reality.
  • Darkness helps to conceal the secret love of Romeo and Juliet. ​
  • Common connotations of darkness are evil or death, as in the final scene when Romeo and Juliet die in a dark tomb.
  • In the play,​ the idea that dreams are only fantasies is most visible in Mercutio’s "Queen Mab" speech.
  • Romeo, the dreamer, quickly falls hopelessly in love. Mercutio can’t help but create a satire around this idea.
  • Poison appears twice in the play; each time as a way to end a problem.
  • Friar Lawrence says everything has its purpose and that things are only made evil by human hands​. The man-made poison that will make Juliet appear dead is evil.
  • Romeo visits an apothecary. He buys a lethal poison that ends his life.
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