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Act 5, Scene 1. How could you defend the apothecary in a trial if he was being charged...

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clarineter128 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 3, 2007 at 9:53 PM via web

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Act 5, Scene 1. How could you defend the apothecary in a trial if he was being charged for murder? What are some key points you could put out?

We are doing a mock trial in my Lit class, and we put the apothecary on trial for murder, for selling the poison to Romeo. I'm defending the apothecary, and I need to know some arguments. I also need some questions to ask the apothecary when he's on stand, as well as some of our witnesses. Any help you can offer is greatly appreiated because this project is like our final test, so it's a pretty big grade. Please help!!

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 3, 2007 at 11:48 PM (Answer #1)

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An interesting question. Well, the first thing I'd do is to challenge the charge. Murder is not just an issue of whether someone killed another person. Murder involves motive. The other side would have to prove that the apothecary intended to kill Romeo. Your job as defender would then be to develop innocence in this area. I'd ask questions establishing a lack of motive. How did the apothecary feel towards Romeo? Did he hold any grudge or ill will? Etc.

There's also the question of guilt in the sense of responsibility. By that I mean, how is the apothecary responsible for what Romeo does with a product? If you are feeling ambitious, you could call someone else who sold daggers and have them testify that they are not charged with murder when someone defends him or her self.

I'd also call the Friar. The Friar distributed drugs as well, and had a hand in the chain of events. Establish his guilt.

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