|Socratic Seminar Reflection| Romeo and Juliet: Act 1

A new idea I came across during our Socratic Seminar was the way the Capulets were portrayed as more agressive people than the Montagues. Apparently this was used to highlight Juliet's gentle ways by contrasting the other Capulet's reckless behvior. Part of that is true as the Capulets seemed more into the fight than the Montagues in Act 1 Scene 1 where they battled it out in the middle of Verona and there is also Tybalt's aggresive nature towards Romeo when Romeo appeared at Capulet's party. However, a person other than Juliet that doesn't seem to fit in the aggressive mold of the Capulets is Sir Capulet himself. When Romeo and his crew arrived at the party, Capulet was the one telling Tybalt to calm down and just let Romeo be because of his reputation around town. If Sir Capulet were to follow the normal aggressive Capulet ways he would have been the one urging Tybalt to kick Romeo out of the party.

Furthermore, we talked about the fact how women seemed to have more power in this play as compared to normal Elizabethan society at that time. Although this may be true because Lady Capulet was the one to stop Sir Capulet from taking his sword and joining the fight with the Montagues, women are still seen as objects in  Verona. I mean the play opened up with men joking around about sleeping with women. And dirty language used against women is evident throughout the whole act, in fact Lady Capulet even hints so herself.

This being our first socratic seminar without any guiding or discussion questions to help us out I think we did a fairly good job as a class.


Junior C said...

Hi April,
I agree that we did do "a fairly good job as a class". The idea you brought to the group about the nature of the Capulets did bring out a good discussion, and it even showed our class that not everyone is the same. Juliet and Mr.Capulet being the exceptions and are quite the opposite. I also enjoyed how we talked about the amount of power for women in the play is higher than during the Elizabethan society. This post is very accurate in what happened during our Socratic Seminar, so good job!

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