Literary Techniques Lesson

How does Shakespeare use language tricks in Romeo and Juliet?

(Lesson adapted from Shakespeare Set Free, The Folger Library)

Text: Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 3, Friar Lawrence's speech




Development of Learning Activity:

  1. Distribute copies of speech
  2. Watch clip of movie. In this version, the speech begins with "O, Mighty is the powerful grace that lies..."
  3. Discuss the literary techniques used in first four lines. I also made this a note-taking lesson by instructing students to write at the top of the page "Language Tricks in Act 2, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet", and to write down everything that I put on the board.