The rule of three! Choose a topic, and stick firmly to one side of it. For example, Romeo is an idiot. You'll want to be a bit more specific and eloquent, but you get the idea. Then, come up with three reasons why he is an idiot and describe each in a paragraph.
Enotes can help guide you through the steps of writing your essay. Briefly, your essay needs to be structured in this way:
- An Introduction, including your thesis statement -- a sentence that states what point you are making about the play.
- A Body, including a number of paragraphs (length dependent upon total lenght of your essay) that support your thesis statement.
- A Conclusion, including a re-statement of your thesis or some information about how the topic could be considered further.
Please use the links below for more details about writing a good essay on a work of literature, creating your introduction, and some tips on writing persuasive essays. Good luck!
Your layout for an essay on Romeo and Juliet depends entirely upon your topic and especially upon your thesis statement. Here is an example: Let's say you'd like to discuss the role of family obligations in the play. Your thesis could be, for instance, "Romeo and Juliet's deaths are caused by their obligations to their families, which prevent them from loving openly." I would organize the paragraphs as follows: Paragraph 1: How Romeo's family obligations contribute to his death. Paragraph 2: How Juliet's family obligations contribute to her death. Make sure that you begin your essay with an introduction in which you include a hook (a catchy first sentence to involve your reader), introduce your topic (with a quick summary of what happens at the end of the play), and then your thesis statement. The first sentence of each body paragraph (1 and 2, as above) should be a topic sentence in which you state what you will discuss in that paragraph. Make sure you have a conclusion in which you restate and reword your thesis, and add your final observations about the topic. Hope that helps. Good luck!