Split Quotes: Romeo and Juliet

This is a good form of note taking for longer selections.  Once you have determined the primary themes of the novel or work being studied, start looking for quotes that represent that theme.  Then, using the sample from Romeo and Juliet, collect and explain the quotes.


Context & Explanation

ďIíll look to like, if looking liking move; / But no more deep will I endart mine eye / Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.Ē (1.3.97-99).

Juliet is speaking to her mother, Lady Capulet, about potentially marrying Paris .  Here, Juliet is willing to be completely compliant with her motherís wishes.  She says she wonít even look at Paris or encourage him beyond her motherís approval. 

Split your page down the center.

Write an entire quote or the first two lines of a quote on the left side of the page.  Include act, scene and line numbers.  Include a slash ( / ) to indicate where a line of text ends in the original.  Use ellipses (...) to indicate where text has been removed.  See sample above. 

Only use quotes that are 2-3 lines long.  There is no room for block quotes in upcoming essays.

Write who is speaking and in what context on the right.  Also provide a short explanation showing why this quote is significant. Pretend I am there asking you why youíve included this particular quote.

You need a minimum of 6 quotes proving who's responsible for their deaths. 

You need a minimum of 3 quotes proving whether they're in love or not. 

The more you collect the more information you have for your essays and class-discussion.

Use No Fear Shakespeare or other supplemental sites; however, you must include correct line numbers in relation to our text in class.