Discussion questions – Romeo and Juliet: Romeo and Juliet are referred

  1. Romeo and Juliet are referred to as “star-cross’d lovers”. Discuss the concept of predetermined destiny and how it relates to the play.
  2. Discuss Juliet’s soliloquy that opens Act 3, Scene 2, paying particular attention to its poetic merits and relevance to the overall play.
  3. Many references are made to time in the play. Discuss the passage of time throughout Romeo and Juliet.
  4. 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?
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