and in Act II, Scene II a student read Juliet’s part aloud:
"Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay,
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.”
And another student interrupted to blurt out:
"MS. MC-! I KNOOOOWWWW SHE DIDN’T WANNA MARRY HIM JUST CAUSE THEY TOOK A LITTLE WALK! SHE’S KNOWN HIM ONE DAY!!"
I chuckled, raised my eyebrows and nodded which resulted in a chorus of:
"OH, SHE BE TRIPPIN’!" And "HE JUST WANNA GET SOME!"
All in all, I’m glad that my students are engaged enough in this play to literally scream all of the above during class. Glad enough to let the “She be trippin’” phrasing go and just agree with them.
They’re angry. And they were interpreting it pretty accurately!
My favorite thing when working with Romeo and Juliet is pointing out that Juliet hasn’t quite had her fourteenth birthday and Romeo is seventeen. This is basically an 8th grader and a junior getting married and killing themselves, or a freshman and a senior. And it all happens in about a week.