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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: Juliet Awakes by Northcote

Visualize the Climax of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet free!

Register today to try Graph Opus' unique analytical learning tool on one of the bard's most popular works.


Graph the Climax of a Shakespeare Play!

Graph Opus enables students to study Shakespeare by analyzing 34 of his plays. Students create visualizations of the plot using graphs of rising and falling action that are based upon their own independent analyses.

Shakespeare Macbeth plot Graph Opus sample

Independent learners using GO build their own graphs, event-by-event, to identify climax and anti-climax, fostering critical thinking and discussion. Each analysis is unique. Learn More...

What Is Graph Opus?

Visualize and Discuss Literary Plot

Graph Opus provides a toolset whereby the analyst reduces the play to a sequence of weighted events. Graph Opus then creates a graph and identifies the climaxes and anticlimaxes by maintaining a running total of the weights.

Using Graph Opus' unique interface, a student reads a Shakespeare play and divides it into student-determined "events." For each event, the student composes a synopsis and assigns an integral weight (one of 9: -4 to 4). GO presents the weighted events as a graph; the shape of the plot, as individually determined by the each student, becomes clear — visually — including the climax and any anticlimaxes.

With a team plan, use Graph Opus in the classroom, home school group, study group, or book club. Each analyst's graph can be compared to team members' graphs or an instructor's. Team analysts may also consult a team average graph. Use Shakespeare graphs to inspire group discussion and critical thinking skills in the classroom or other academic setting.

Generate Average Graph and Compare Against

Compare Class or Group Member's Analyses


Top Plays

  • Romeo and Juliet - Being analyzed by 118 GO'ers. 1 analyses complete.
  • Macbeth - Being analyzed by 36 GO'ers. 2 analyses complete.
  • The Comedy of Errors - Being analyzed by 6 GO'ers. 1 analyses complete.
  • Measure for Measure - Being analyzed by 5 GO'ers. 2 analyses complete.

The following works of William Shakespeare are available for analysis using Graph Opus:

  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • As You Like It
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Coriolanus
  • Cymbeline
  • Hamlet
  • Henry IV, Part 1
  • Henry VI, Part 1
  • Henry VI, Part 2
  • Henry VI, Part 3
  • Henry VIII
  • Henry V
  • Julius Caesar
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love's Labour's Lost
  • Macbeth
  • Measure for Measure
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Richard II
  • Richard III
  • The Tempest
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Winter's Tale