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Explore How Themes Develop in 'Romeo and Juliet'

In this worksheet students will explore how themes develop in 'Romeo and Juliet', considering how they are presented through the Shakespeare's use of language/structure/dramatic devices.

'Explore How Themes Develop 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 on the balcony          dagger       Romeo and Juliet laying dead on the floor


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.


It is important that you know the key parts of the text where these themes are presented and also how they develop and change across the course of the play.


For a higher mark in the exam, it's also important to analyse Shakespeare's use of language/structure/dramatic devices.


Some of the themes Shakespeare explores in the play are:











Individual vs. society/private vs. public


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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