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Who's Who in ... Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare explicitly told us at the very beginning: 'Two households, both alike in dignity' ...


The second in my suite of FREE family trees (see Macbeth, yesterday) sees me tackle the other play we currently offer for GCSE at our school. Over time, I'll be expanding this to include the plays we tackle at KS3, KS5, and all the other plays that the UK exam boards set. If you're impatiently waiting for yours, give me a nudge, and I'll shunt it towards the front of the queue.

Everything is deliberate

I'm fond of telling students when we analyse texts that we should assume that everything is, indeed, a conscious choice by the author. Our job is then to analyse what the writer's decisions do to the meaning of their communication. It's a task - close reading - that I absolutely love.

So, assuming that Shakespeare left nothing to chance, there's a really pleasing symmetry to this graphic - the two households really ARE very alike! In fact, that's why I also made a conscious decision to duplicate a few of the icons on both sides.

Again, there are two versions: the more printable version, on a white background, can be accessed here. If you prefer the feel of a darker background, click here. Both are sized for printing at A4.

I was really pleased to get some feedback on the Macbeth posters, and am making a couple of small tweaks as a result. Let me know how this one works for you or how it could be improved!

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