Romeo and Juliet 3.5.131-255

Scene Analysis

1) What happens in your scene? Outline the basic events.
In this scene, there's an argument between Juliet and her parents. Lady Capulet and Capulet want Juliet to marry Paris, and stop feeling sad about Tybalt's death (Juliet is actually sad about Romeo being banished). Also, Capulet tells Juliet that he already made plans, and that the wedding will be held on thursday. However, Juliet refuses becuase she is already married to Romeo, and her only love is Romeo.

2) Why is this scene important?
This scene is important because it shows the characteristics of Capulet and Lady Capulet. They are both recognized as bad parents in this scene. Also, the major conflict between Juliet and her parents occur.

3) What are your reactions to this scene?
This scene was surprising because Capulet was very mad when Juliet refused to marry Paris. He suddenly became forceful, and he seemed like he was determined to marry Juliet and Paris. Capulet used inappropriate words to Juliet as well.

Character Report

  • What does your character want in this scene?
In this scene, Capulet’s main objective is to marry Juliet to a noble man, Paris.

  • What is your character’s motivation for doing what he or she does?
Capulet is trying to marry Paris and Juliet because he wants Juliet to be happy. Paris is from a very noble and powerful family.

  • What obstacles stand in his or her way?
Juliet is refusing to marry Paris because she is married to her only love, Romeo. Capulet cannot marry Juliet to Paris if she refuses to go to church. Also, another obstacle is Romeo because Juliet loves Romeo very much that she cannot love anyone else.

  • What happens when your character confronts these obstacles?
Capulet gets angered by Juliet’s refusal to marry Paris. He loses his temper, and says very inappropriate things to his daughter.

  • Are there any distinctive elements in your character’s way of speaking?
The way Capulet talks in this scene is sometimes confusing. For instance, “Thank me not thankings, and proud me no prouds.” He also uses lots of metaphors, such as referring to death as sunset, and tears to salt flood.

  • What is your character thinking during the scene?
Capulet is Juliet should marry Paris if she wants to be happy. He is thinking that if Juliet does not marry Paris, then she will no longer be able to live with her parents.

<Self-Reflection: After the performance>

1. Evaluate the performance of you group. What went well? What didn't go well?
I think our group did a good job performing our scene. We followed our stage directions, and expressed emotions in our lines. We could have spoken slower, and showed more emotions while saying our lines. We were looking at the script too much.

2. How well did you contribute to your group?
I practiced my lines at home, and tried my best to follow every stage directions.

3. How well did you perform as an individual?
I spoke my lines clearly, tried my best to pronounce every word correctly, and expressed emotions while saying my lines. I made some eye contact while performing my lines.

4. What could have improved your scene performance?
We could have spoken slower while performing to express more emotion. Our group could have made more eye contact with the audience to deliver the lines better.

5. How did the scene performance help you better understand Romeo and Juliet?
I could fully understand what was happening while practicing and reading the lines few times. The acting helped me picture the scene in my head.