Ch 1: Romeo and Juliet Study Literary & Historical Context

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The Romeo and Juliet Study Literary & Historical Context chapter of this Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare: Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the play's literary elements and social and historical context. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the literary and historical context of Romeo and Juliet.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary and historical context of Romeo and Juliet for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Authors and works of the Renaissance period in literature
  • Life and works of Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter
  • History of the Globe Theatre
  • Shakespearian tragedies and use of star-crossed lovers
  • Use of asides in drama
  • Characteristics and examples of a tragic hero
  • Historical and social context of Romeo and Juliet
  • Use of onomatopoeia, hyperbole and alliteration in this play

18 Lessons in Chapter 1: Romeo and Juliet Study Literary & Historical Context
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Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

1. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

2. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Iambic Pentameter: Definition & Examples

3. Iambic Pentameter: Definition & Examples

Iambic pentameter is a poetic device that has been used by famous writers for centuries. In this lesson, find out how to identify iambic pentameter in many of the poems and sonnets you have read.

Shakespeare's Tragedy Plays: Elements & Structure

4. Shakespeare's Tragedy Plays: Elements & Structure

William Shakespeare is one of the most popular writers of all time. Many of the plays written by Shakespeare are known as tragedies. Learn more about Shakespeare's writings, including their elements and structure, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

5. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

The Globe Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in the world. There have been a number of plays performed at The Globe Theatre, including many of the plays written by William Shakespeare. Learn more about the theatre, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Star-Crossed Lovers: Definition, Archetype & Role in Shakespeare

6. Star-Crossed Lovers: Definition, Archetype & Role in Shakespeare

'Star-crossed lovers' is a term first coined by William Shakespeare in his popular play 'Romeo and Juliet.' When most people think of star-crossed lovers, they think of William Shakespeare. Learn more about the term and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

7. Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

You may have cried and rooted for a few tragic figures in your lifetime, but do you know what this term really entails? Watch this video lesson to learn more about these dramatic figures and meet a few exemplary individuals.

Social and Historical Context of Romeo and Juliet

8. Social and Historical Context of Romeo and Juliet

This lesson provides historical background for 'Romeo and Juliet,' including theatrical and social history. It also explains how the play critically addresses male power structures, street violence, and idealistic forms of love.

Onomatopoeia in Romeo and Juliet

9. Onomatopoeia in Romeo and Juliet

One might not expect to see words such as ''Bam'' and ''Pow'' in William Shakespeare's iconic tragedy, 'Romeo and Juliet,' but even Shakespeare used onomatopoeia to convey meaning and shape his work.

Hyperbole in Romeo and Juliet

10. Hyperbole in Romeo and Juliet

In this lesson we will review what hyperbole is and look at examples of hyperbole in the play 'Romeo and Juliet.' We will also discuss why hyperbole is used in this play.

Alliteration in Romeo and Juliet

11. Alliteration in Romeo and Juliet

Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds within a passage of text. Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' contains several examples of this literary device, which is often used to make a line from the play memorable to the audience.

Irony in Romeo & Juliet: Dramatic, Verbal & Situational

12. Irony in Romeo & Juliet: Dramatic, Verbal & Situational

''Romeo and Juliet'' is the classic tale of two young lovers whose families' ancient feud leads to the couples' untimely deaths. Check out this lesson to find out more about the uses of irony in this play.

Allusion in Romeo & Juliet

13. Allusion in Romeo & Juliet

What is an allusion in literature? In this lesson, we'll explore the many literary and mythological allusions found in William Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.'

Aside in Romeo & Juliet

14. Aside in Romeo & Juliet

This lesson will explore the ways in which Shakespeare utilizes asides as dramatic devices in the play ''Romeo and Juliet'' and analyze how these asides help audiences and readers understand important aspects of plot and characterization.

Imagery in Romeo & Juliet

15. Imagery in Romeo & Juliet

This lesson discusses imagery in 'Romeo and Juliet' and how it imagery helps enliven the dialogue. Read on to find out more about images and their meaning in Shakespeare's classic play.

Oxymoron in Romeo & Juliet

16. Oxymoron in Romeo & Juliet

We are told that contradictions are illogical, but in literature, authors use contradiction to express complex emotions. In this lesson, we'll analyze the use of oxymoron in the play ''Romeo and Juliet'' and see how contradiction works as an expressive tool.

Personification in Romeo & Juliet

17. Personification in Romeo & Juliet

This lesson discusses personification, or giving human characteristics to animals and objects, in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. The examples of personification in 'Romeo and Juliet' include instances of personifying objects to emphasize Juliet's beauty.

Blank Verse in Romeo & Juliet

18. Blank Verse in Romeo & Juliet

In this lesson, you will learn what the popular English style of poetry, blank verse, is, as well as about how it is used in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet.'

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