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How do we interpret Shakespeare's use of wordplay?


Text: Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 5, lines 95-112



  • Lines 95-112 copied on a single page, writ large.
  • The Sourcebook Shakespeare CD, track 6


Development of Learning Activity:

  1. Read lines 95-112 with two actors (students)
  2. Listen to excerpt from CD
  3. Discuss the play on words
    • What does Romeo compare his lips to? (Pilgrims)
    • What are pilgrims?
    • Who is the "holy shrine"? (Juliet)
    • Profane means...? (let students come up with definition, offer the word profanity if they seem stuck)
    • Romeo is trying to do what to Juliet? (kiss her!) Identify a line that shows this. ("Let lips do what hands do.")
    • What lines tell us that Romeo was successful in getting a kiss out of Juliet? (lines 109-110)
  • Compare this "wooing" to what happens now.
    • Do people talk like this now to get a kiss? What do they say? Why do we say sweet things when we're trying to get a kiss (or something else/more)?
    • How do you think Juliet felt about what Romeo was saying? Would she have given him a kiss if he had just demanded one?



  • Students will demonstrate understanding by participating in class discussion and asking questions. (Short term)
  • Students will succesfully interpret other instances of wordplay, independently or in groups. (Long term)



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