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Romeo and Juliet Final Essay Topics

Directions: Choose one of the below listed topics. Then, create a five paragraph essay that details a response to the prompt. Your essay will contain an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

1. Romeo and Juliet are referred to as "star-crossed lovers". Discuss the concept of predetermined destiny (fate) and how it relates to the play. • To complete this essay, you will decide what three roles you see fate playing. Or, you may choose to look at people who are driven by fate not choice. Finally, you may choose to look at three main conflicts that are driven by fate.

2. Friar Lawrence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet. • For this essay, you will examine and discover three main “roles” that Friar Lawrence serves. (confidante, advisor, etc)

3. Describe and analyze the different types of love portrayed in the play. • For this essay, you will take each body paragraph and describe a certain type of love using examples from the play.

4. Apart from clashing with Tybalt, what role does Mercutio play in the story? Is he merely a colorful supporting character and brilliant source of comic relief, or does he serve a more serious purpose • For this essay, you will look at Mercutio’s role in the play. You could organize your essay showing Mercutio’s role in each act. Or, you could think of three main functions Mercutio has in the play and separate those into the paragraphs.

5. One critic of the play notes: “There is so much in Romeo and Juliet to disperse the tragic gloom.” Do you agree? Is there enough there to prevent the audience from being completely depressed by the outcome of the play? Discuss and analyze how characters, language, and conflict make this play more or less tragic. • In this essay, you will look at Characters, language, and conflict as each of your body paragraphs.

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