Romeo Monologue- Christmas Assessment

Happy New Year to all my readers and I hope you had a Happy New Year! One of my choices for the Christmas Assessment was to have a monologue. Well I am going to act out Romeo’s monologue in Act 2 Scene 2! So here it is:

ROMEO: But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou her maid art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
It is my lady; O, it is my love!
O that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold; ’tis not to me she speaks.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

Crikey, that is a lot of words but it’s ok for me I like a challenge, so wish me good luck!

3 Responses to “Romeo Monologue- Christmas Assessment”

  • Christopher Waugh Says:

    Great, ambitious choice, Gabriel!

    I recommend that you do two things to start with:

    1) translate the lines into words you understand so that you’re confident in the meaning of everything Romeo is saying (This is only for your needs, so it doesn’t matter if your version is informal

    2) read the passage for the rhythm and the music of it – enjoy the sound of the words before you start trying to memorise them.

    Also, a good technique for memorising words is to record them into a device and have them ready to play to yourself as you learn parts. You can even divide it up into sections, where you leave silence for the section you’re currently learning.

    Good luck!

    Mr Waugh

  • Gabriel Says:

    Thanks sir I used one of these techniques in primary when I had a big role in a school play. Also sir I hoped you had a Happy New Year and when can you help me with this!

  • Christopher Waugh Says:

    Happy to help during breaks and after school. Let’s make a time in class tomorrow.

    Mr Waugh