Romeo and Juliet In-Class Analysis

Romeo and Juliet
Figurative Language Analysis 100 points
Assignment: What is the significance of figurative language in the play Romeo and
Juliet? Write an analysis that answers the question.
Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your knowledge of a figurative language
(similes, metaphors, personification) in the play. It is also a practice in responding to literature in a formal
essay. Please be aware that you are expected to complete this paper on your own. Since this is NOT a
research paper, you should NOT be online searching for examples of figurative language. Papers that
show this will not receive credit for this assignment. Plagiarism will result in no credit for the
assignment and a referral to the administration.
Specific Details and Process:
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Find three examples of figurative language from the play.
o one extended metaphor
o one simile
o one personification
Think about the significance of the comparisons Shakespeare used. Why are they used? Why are
they significant in the scene they appear in? What do they contribute to the play as a whole or to a
character’s personality trait?
Be sure to jot down page numbers and lines of the figurative language you find.
Format:
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Typed, 12 point font, double spaced, standard margins
Heading in the upper right hand corner that identifies your name, assignment, class period, date
I will return papers that are not in this format. You will then need to turn it back in with a late pass
(if you have one remaining).
Grading:
See the rubric for more specific details
 introduction – 15 points
 extended metaphor paragraph – 20 points
 simile paragraph – 20 points
 personification paragraph – 20 points
 conclusion – 5 points
 organization – 5 points
 conventions (including citations) – 15 points
Organization Tips:
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Introduction
 Attention getting statement
 background information
 thesis statement
Body (three paragraphs in any order)
 One body paragraph on extended metaphor
o What is the extended metaphor? Include a passage from the play (1-3 lines)
o What is being compared?
o What is occurring in the play at the time the extended metaphor is used?
Why is the extended metaphor significant in terms of the plot events?
o What does the extended metaphor contribute to the play as a whole and/or
to a character’s personality trait?
 One body paragraph on a simile
o What is the simile? Include a passage from the play (1-2 lines)
o What is being compared?
o What is occurring in the play at the time the simile is used? Why is the simile
significant in terms of the plot events?
o What does the simile contribute to the play as a whole and/or to a
character’s personality trait?
 One body paragraph on personification
o (see above for the questions to answer in this paragraph)
Conclusion
 restatement of the thesis
 summary of each body paragraph (a sentence for each)
 statement of the overall significance of using comparisons
Citation of Shakespeare’s Lines
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You are required to use passages from the play. To cite the passages correctly, follow this format:
o Passage (in quotation marks)
o In parenthesis, identify the act number, scene number, and line number(s) with a period
separating them.
o Example: “Parting is such sweet sorrow” (2.2.185)
General Tips:
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Look for several examples of figurative language before you decide on what you will write about,
but be sure to jot down page and line numbers so you don’t forget where they are.
Pick examples from scenes you understand well
Pick comparisons that you understand well
Use the optional graphic organizer to help you gather your thoughts
ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU NEED HELP!
Start with your thesis and body paragraphs – sometime the intro can be the toughest to write
Acts and scenes to that contain figurative language. Please note that this is not an extensive list, so
you may decide to not use these examples.
o Act1, scene 5, lines 44-53
o Act 1, scene 5, lines 93-109
o Act 2, scene 2 (there are many examples of simile and personification in the balcony scene)
o Act 2, scene 3, the Friar’s soliloquy (this is a tougher one to read, but has many examples of
personification)
o Act 3, scene 2, lines 73-84
o Act 3, scene 3, lines 29-51
o Act 3, scene 5, lines 1-36
o Act 3, scene 5, lines 127-139
o Act 5, scene 3, lines 88-120