Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet par Mind Map: Romeo and Juliet

1. Setting

1.1. Renaissance (fourteenth or fifteenth century)

1.2. Verona and Mantua (cities in Italy)

2. Themes

2.1. The individual versus society

2.2. The power of love

2.3. The inevitability of fate

3. Motifs

3.1. The contrast between light and dark

3.1.1. Used to describe opposed alternatives

3.1.2. Juliet is described as the sun

3.1.3. "More light and light, more dark and dark our woes"

3.2. Opposing views

3.2.1. The noble's world versus the servant's world

3.2.2. The servant's world consists of simple needs, while the noble's world is full of "grand tragic gestures"

4. Symbols

4.1. Poison: A natural substance by nature, but made deadly and destructive by humans.

4.1.1. Symbolizes the harmful tendencies of human nature

4.2. Thumb-biting: Violence

4.3. Queen Mab: Symbolizes dreams and the power of desire.

5. Main Characters

5.1. Romeo: Son of heir of Montague and Lady Montague. A young, handsome, intelligent and sensitive man.

5.2. Juliet: The daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. A young, beautiful, naive but courageous girl.

5.3. Tybalt: A Capulet, Juliet's cousin on her mother's side. He is vain, fashionable and becomes violent later on in the story.

5.4. Capulet: The patriarch of the Capulet family who is the father of Juliet. He loves his daughter but does not always listen to her.

5.5. Lady Capulet: Juliet's mother. She wants Juliet to marry Paris.

5.6. Montague: Romeo's father, the patriarch of the Montague clan and enemy of Capulet.

5.7. Lady Montague: Romeo's mother. She dies when she finds out Romeo is exiled from Verona

5.8. Paris: A kinsman of the Prince who is promised by Capulet that he can marry Juliet.

6. Point of View

6.1. Point of view of Romeo and Juliet

6.2. Throughout some of the story, the point of view is that of the Montague and Capulet servants

7. Context

7.1. William Shakespeare: The most influential writer in English literature.

7.2. Born in England, 1564

7.3. Lived in London to work as an actor and playwright

7.4. Retired in Stratford and died in 1616 at age 52

8. Climax

8.1. The death of Romeo and Juliet in the Capulet tomb