I have to type a 5 paragraph essay on one character; I chose Romeo. I need help deciding what topics I should talk about for my 3 paragraphs.I only need the topics for 3 paragraphs because I will...

I have to type a 5 paragraph essay on one character; I chose Romeo. I need help deciding what topics I should talk about for my 3 paragraphs.

I only need the topics for 3 paragraphs because I will have my intro, my 3 topics, and closing. I will be doing my own intro and closing. As for my paragraphs, I was thinking about his relationship with Juliet, his sadness when Rosaline no longer liked him and I need something else. Just throw out any ideas!Thanks :)

 

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In many of Shakespeare's plays fate plays a role.  But, there is often an intermingling of fate with the individual characteristics of at least one personage in the play. For instance, Macbeth feels that fate intervenes in his life with the predictions of the witches; however, his "vaulting ambition" urges him to accelerate these predictions.  In Julius Caesar, too, Brutus senses fate, but Cassius convinces him that men make their own fates,

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings (1.2.144-145)

So, too, does Romeo interact with fate.  But how much of what he perceives as his fate is not his own doing?  Perhaps, you may wish to consider, then, the role of fate in Romeo's life.  At times he calls upon fate--"Oh, I am fortune's fool!" and "I defy thee, fate!"--but, how much of Romeo's personal tragedy is due to fate and how much is due to his own actions and reactions?  For instance, is it fate that he falls in love with Juliet, the child of his parents' enemy?  Or is Romeo ultimately responsible since he agreed to join Benvolio in sneaking into the Capulet's house?

Remember that you only want one topic for your essay although you will make subtopics for the body of the essay.  These three subtopics are stated as part of the thesis.  For instance, if you write about the role of fate and choice in Romeo's life, you will make a thesis statement that contains the statement about the role of fate and choice, then give three opinions (subtopics) of how these elements of fate and choice  enter into Romeo's life.

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