Ladies and gents,
- You will begin today by reading a modern version of Act II Scene iii independently. Remember, the modern text is on the right side of the page…
- Next, I’d like you to read Scene iv in the same small groups from yesterday’s press conference. Before you read, please note the following:
- based on what we have seen so far, the only plot point that must be realized in this scene is the meeting between the Nurse and Romeo.
- however, much of the scene focuses on Mercutio (and his opinion of Tybalt). Shakespeare’s purpose, it seems, is to contrast these two young men; we will see why later in the play…
- Once you have read the scene together, I’d like you to dedicate no more than 10 minutes to identifying lines that tell you something about Mercutio and Tybalt. (Remember: Mercutio tells us about Tybalt, but you will have to infer Mercutio’s characteristics from what he says and how he says it)
- Next, I’d like you to work independently to create a simple table in your notes. In this table, list the characteristics of Mercutio and Tybalt based on your group’s discussion and your own observations.
- Finally, I’d like you to read Act II Scene v on your own. Again, notice that this play has moments of real comedy; watch how the Nurse incessantly complains about her aches and pains while Juliet pleads with her to share news of Romeo.