Discussion questions – Romeo and Juliet: Romeo and Juliet are referred
- Romeo and Juliet are referred to as “star-cross’d lovers”. Discuss the concept of predetermined destiny and how it relates to the play.
- Discuss Juliet’s soliloquy that opens Act 3, Scene 2, paying particular attention to its poetic merits and relevance to the overall play.
- Many references are made to time in the play. Discuss the passage of time throughout Romeo and Juliet.
- What sets Romeo and Juliet apart from Shakespeare’s other great tragedies? In particular, what differentiates the young lovers from other Shakespearean heroes like Othello, Macbeth, and Hamlet?