Romeo & Juliet Newspaper Article Activity
There are many issues arising from the Shakespeare’s play, ‘Romeo & Juliet’. For example, teenagers rebelling against their parents, domestic violence, gang warfare or violence in the streets, drug use, underage sex, self-harm and teenage suicide. Such issues can be found in newspapers on a regular basis and are classed as ‘current event issues’. Choose 1 of these issues from the play, locate a relevant Act, Scene, Lines, create a headline and write a newspaper article for the Verona Times complete with quotes from characters/ eye witnesses. You can write a feature article (see below for an example) or an opinion article. For example, did Friar Lawrence contravene his role of responsibility? Opinion on this issue would be divided.
Preliminary planning based on key words and ideas from the scene:
Verona, Capulet vs. Montague, civil unrest, ongoing family feud, witnesses said that Gregory and Sampson of the house of Capulet started the fight, which soon engulfed the entire town. It is believed that a provocative gesture in the form of Sampson biting his thumb may have triggered the brawl.
Act 1, Scene 1
FAMILY TURMOIL ENGULFS FAIR VERONA…AGAIN!
Yesterday another ugly fight erupted in the town square of a not so fair Verona. Several teenagers from both the Capulet and Montague clans once more compromised the peace of the city. What begun as a minor altercation soon transformed into a violent mêlée that involved the whole town, young and old. Many later lay injured in the streets.
What actually occurred has been a matter of great conjecture with different interpretations being provided by both the Capulet and Montague families. However, once the dust settled impartial witnesses maintain that the fight began when Sampson, a juvenile Capulet, provocatively “bit his thumb” at a small group of passers by made up of Montague’s.
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