I have to write a Newspaper article on a crucial scene from Romeo and Juliet, seeing as i haven't read it.. does anyone have any ideas?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think it would be interesting to do a social page on what happened at the Capulet's party.  It could almost be in a celebrity gossip column voice.

The Capulets are a high society family who throw a party. There's a guy who wants to marry their daughter, Juliet. Then the Montague boys trespass and Tybalt wants to take them out. Next, Romeo spies Juliet and its a secret romance that begins.

Remember for a newspaper article you need to address the who, what, why, where, when, and how as early as you can. All of the above referenced information takes place in Act I, scene v.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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They say that violence makes for exciting news articles, so you should definitely do one where people are getting killled.  The last scene is a good one to do.  But you could also do one of the following:

  • The first scene.  This is the fight that shows us how mad the Prince is about the Capulet-Montague feud.
  • The party at Capulets'.  You could do it as a People type article about the doings of the rich and famous.
  • Romeo killing Tybalt (and Tybalt killing Mercutio).

For any of these, you would be able to make up good interview quotes from people involved or from eyewitnesses

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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well, I would start by suggesting that you read the play. It will only take you, at most, two hours to read. The langauge can be a bit of a challenge, but if you keep in mind that this is the story of two teenagers who are in love and whose parents will not allow their love because the families are feuding this will help you to keep the main points in mind and the language will become easier to follow.

Once you have read the play, I think the easiest scene would be to do their death scene at the end and write your articles as a news report of the finding of two young teenagers dead by suicide. You could do an "on the scene" style with interviews with both families. This scene lends itself to a news report as it is something that, sadly, happens today as it did then. Teenagers often commit suicide for "love" whether that love be forbidden or a love has come to an end for some reason.

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