Audience imperatives, characterisation, collaboration, context, genre, setting, style and theme.
The student understands that playwrights communicate ideas about themes and characters through the use of dramatic conventions and stylistic choices.
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History of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet was based on real lovers who lived in Verona, Italy who died for each other in the year 1303. At that time the Capulets and Montagues were among the inhabitants of Verona.
(Romeo and Juliet, Play by Shakespeare. William-Shakespeare.info. http://www.william-shakespeare.info/shakespeare-play-romeo-and-juliet.htm)
The quotes from the play are amongst Shakespeare's most famous including:
"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun" . (Act II, Scene II).
"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow." (Act II, Scene II).
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". (Act II, Scene II).
(Romeo and Juliet, the play by William Shakespeare, http://www.william-shakespeare.info/shakespeare-play-romeo-and-juliet.htm.)