Script for presentation on Romeo and Juliet

In english, we had to do a presentation on a scene from R+J and my group chose the death scene... i have uploaded our script because it contains loads of key points about Plot, Structure, Dramatic Devices, charachters and Relations, Language and Layers of Meaning. we presented it with two people acting out a short extract, two people making points about it as if they were from the past and then two people giving points just like they would in the present day. It worked really well and we got A*s on our speaking and listening but these points will also come in handy for any essays... hope they are as useful as i made them sound:P :S

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Script for Romeo and Juliet Presentation
Act: "This letter doth make good the friar's words,
Their course of love, the tidings of her death:
And here he writes that he did buy a poison
Of a poor `pothecary, and therewithal
Came to this vault to die, and lie with Juliet."
Past: "They were just children, to have even thought of choosing who they
would marry is unheard of! They had too much freedom, to be able to go
against laws the way they did, perhaps they deserved death"
"This climax is truly shocking, for children to commit such sins, lying, very
nearly bigamy and suicide...if my children did that, I'd be ashamed for life!"
Present: "Everything leads up to this point, the constant foreshadowing
helps to create this scene, and everything is pulled together, all loose ends
"Yeah, it's not so much how it develops the plot it's more the plot that
develops it"
Act: "Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things
Some shall be pardon'd and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
Past: "This ending is to be expected, it's traditional for people to lay their
cards on the table at the end, and then again they told us they would at the
beginning... `What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend'"
"Yes and the irony of starting and ending with a sonnet, of starting and
ending because of love, a classic occurrence"
Present: "the fast pace of the whole scene and how there's no break in the
action adds to the shock and impact"
"It also mirrors the whole play and how so much happened in just 4 days"

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Act: "Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty:
Thou art not conquer'd beauty's ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
And death's pale flag is not advanced there."
Past: "The dramatic irony of Romeo noticing that Juliet doesn't look dead
(which we know is true) heightens the tension as it is obvious to us that she is
gaining consciousness. Unfortunately Romeo never gets to know the truth.…read more

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Present: "I think that because Romeo had always experienced love from his
family, he found it much easier to give it and this could be a reason for his
poeticness.…read more

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Juliet is about to die, she tries to take some of the poison from his
lips by kissing him and although not as his dream predicted him being
brought back to life, her killing herself could make true that at least they did
end up together."
Act: "Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief.…read more


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