Romeo and Juliet Compare-Contrast Paper
Assignment: Write a paper comparing and/or contrasting Romeo and Juliet. This is a compare-contrast paper, but it is also a character analysis paper. You need to recall what we have learned about literature analysis papers already.
Step 1: Read the handout “Taxonomy of Love.” Often when you write a paper on literature, you will need to find outside sources to help you analyze the piece of literature with which you are working. In this case, I have read a psychology book called Colours of Love by John Alan Lee. I have provided a brief summary of the book in the handout—“Taxonomy of Love.”
Step 2: Choose what type of love style Romeo uses and what type Juliet uses. You may argue that they are the same. Or you may argue that they are different types.
Step 3: Write a thesis. In this thesis argue that because Romeo and Juliet are a certain type of love (whether the same or different) it leads to their tragedy. For example, if you were to argue that both Romeo and Juliet would be classified as Ludus, your thesis would be similar to the following: Because Romeo and Juliet are both Ludic lovers, they are more apt to become tragic heroes.
Step 4: Once you have a thesis, write two topic sentences. One topic sentence should have the topic of Romeo and the limiting idea should be what type of lover he portrays. The second topic sentence should have the topic of Juliet, and the limiting idea should be what type of lover she portrays.
Step 5: Write two examples from the story that support each topic sentence.
Step 6: Write you introduction. Begin with an attention getter.
3 parts to an introduction:
1. attention grabber
2. introduce concept
a. Author’s full name – William Shakespeare
b. Title of piece of literature –Romeo and Juliet
(remember that titles of plays are underlined).
c. Transition to your thesis.
3. Thesis (which you...
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