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Act I, scene iii of Romeo and Juliet concerns Juliet's approaching birthday when she will be of an age to consider marriage. As a headline for a summary written in newspaper format, consider the following possibilities:
- Is Juliet ready for marriage?
- Juliet ponders her readiness to marry.
- Juliet's birthday.
In an editorial remember to use facts that support your discussion as you introduce your topic. Build up to the main issue - Paris as Juliet's perfect suitor - to ensure that momentum increases.
- As Lammas-tide approaches, Lady Capulet is fondly reminded of Juliet's upcoming fourteenth birthday and her need to discuss certain issues with Juliet. Having discussed and heard the nurses' recollections of "the prettiest babe that e'er I nurs'd"(61), Lady Capulet wonders about Juliet's "dispositions to be married."(66)
Juliet has not even considered the "honor" (67) of marriage yet even though there are other girls her age who are in fact already mothers. Even Lady Capulet was not much older than this.
The "valiant" (75) Paris would be an ideal suitor and Juliet will find opportunity to "behold him at our feast."(81) According to Lady Capulet, he just needs "a cover" (89), a wife and they are perfect for each other.
If the summary required for Act I, scene iii of Romeo and Juliet, is to appear in a newspaper article as if it is a current event and only a short paragraph condensing the information is required, consider:
Join us tonight at the Capulet's ball. Paris, most-eligible bachelor and known to favor Juliet, is expected to attend. Speculation is rife, if Lady Capulet has her way, that Juliet, of an age to consider marriage, and approaching her fourteenth birthday, will endorse her mother's choice.
The audience receives all the information that will soon be revealed as being relevant to upcoming events.
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