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Identify Key Themes in 'Romeo and Juliet'

In this worksheet, students will explore the key themes in 'Romeo and Juliet'.

'Identify Key Themes in 'Romeo and Juliet'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

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

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   Romeo and Juliet

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

'Romeo and Juliet': Key Themes

Romeo and Juliet laying dead on the floor      dagger          Romeo and Juliet balcony scene


In the exam, you might be asked to comment on the presentation of a theme or idea in an extract from the play and then consider this theme or idea in the play as a whole.


Some of the themes Shakespeare explores in 'Romeo and Juliet' are:










Individual vs. society

Private vs. public


Now, let's have a go at the following questions to revise the key themes Shakespeare explores 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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