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Evaluate Key Quotations and their Impact in 'Romeo and Juliet'

In this worksheet, students will evaluate the impact of key quotations by analysing the effect of Shakespeare's use of language, structure and dramatic devices and considering how quotations reflect the context in which the play was written.

'Evaluate Key Quotations and their Impact 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 balcony


In the exam, you will need to able to support your ideas with quotations from the exam extract and from the play as a whole.


You should try to build a bank of quotations for each character and theme and learn these so that you can use them readily in your exam response.


For a higher mark in the exam, you should try to analyse quotations closely and evaluate their impact and consider how they reflect the key contextual factors surrounding the play.


The diagram below shows how we can analyse quotations for the highest marks in the exam:



''Methinks I see thee....As one dead in the bottom of a tomb"    arrow   Dramatic Irony and foreshadowing  arrow     The audience know that Juliet's vision will come true as Shakespeare has already told his audience about Romeo and Juliet's death in the prologue arrow    Shakespeare's intention was to explore the idea of fate reflecting the religious beliefs of the Elizabethan society he was writing in.


So, for each quotation you use, think about:


- what language/structural/dramatic devices has the writer used and what effect do these have?

- how do the quotations reflect something about the key contextual factors surrounding the play?


In this activity, we will practise evaluating the impact of quotations in this way.


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


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