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Analyse the Role of Key Characters and Their Development in 'Romeo and Juliet'

In this worksheet students will analyse the key characters in 'Romeo and Juliet', considering Shakespeare's use of language, structure and dramatic devices and how the characters reflect the context in which the play was written.

'Analyse the Role of Key Characters and Their Development in 'Romeo and Juliet'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   Romeo and Juliet

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

How does Shakespeare present the characters in 'Romeo and Juliet'?


Romeo and Juliet on the balcony


In the Literature exam, you may be asked to write about how a particular character is presented in an extract from 'Romeo and Juliet'.

You will also need to know the play well enough to write about how a character is presented in the play as a whole.


To achieve a higher mark in the exam, you need to show that you are analysing a character.

To do this try to:

- pick out some of the language/structure/dramatic devices used to present the character and consider their effects

- consider how the character reflects something about the context in which Shakespeare was writing.

In this activity, we will practise analysing the characters in 'Romeo and Juliet'.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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