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Romeo and Juliet Expository Essay.I have no idea how to write an essay like this. I do...

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jigjigpuff | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 10, 2010 at 10:39 AM via web

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Romeo and Juliet Expository Essay.

I have no idea how to write an essay like this. I do however, have the outline such as:

1. Introduction -General Statement + Thesis Statement

2. Argument 1 (Romeo Montague),

3. Argument 2(Juliet Capulet),

4. Argument 3 (both?).

In each argument I need 3 supporting details. Would this be quotes from the text?

5. Conclusion - Thesis statement

Could anyone help me put it together? I have read the scenes twice now. Every bit of help is greatly appreciated.

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

Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM (Answer #1)

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You sound like you are struggling with deciding how to organize your paragraphs.

Your first paragraph should have a general statement and then transition into a thesis statement.

Your second paragraph should say something about Romeo Montague. A first sentence should be the topic sentence in which you introduce generally what you want to say about him. Then, move into a quote that addresses that topic. Use 1-2 sentences to explain that quote. In these sentences state what the quote says, proves or demonstrates about Romeo. Then, find another quote that shows something a little different about Romeo. Use 1-2 sentences to explain this quote discusses what it proves, demonstrates and says about Romeo. Conclude the paragraph with a lesson learned or a finding about Romeo.

In your third paragraph, write about Juliet following the pattern for Romeo.

In your fourth paragraph, write about how they affect each other. Follow the paragraph format for Romeo.

Conclude your essay with a fifth paragraph that restates your thesis and generally lists lessons you have learned from exploring Romeo and Juliet's relationship. Keep in mind that part of the purpose of reading literature is to examine how characters deal with circumstances. Then, we can take those lessons and make sure we don't repeat mistakes or at least consider the value of the choices and consequences they make.

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