I need help getting started on my essay for Romeo and Juliet...I have 2 topics (I only need to write about one). I need to discuss Shakespeare's use of comic relief in Romeo and Juliet OR Write...

I need help getting started on my essay for Romeo and Juliet...

I have 2 topics (I only need to write about one). I need to discuss Shakespeare's use of comic relief in Romeo and Juliet OR Write about the role of fate and coincidence of the play.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Of the three mentioned, the topic of comic relief is certainly a more cheerful one; and, as pointing to its usage is not difficult, you may wish to explain how it is used and what it accomplishes.  The secon topic, that of fate and coincidence is interesting as so much of everyone's life has been affected by mere coincidence: "being in the right place at the right time," or "being in the wrong place at the wrong time" has often had monumental effects in people's lives.

From beginning to end, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has coincidential occurrences.  Here are some ideas: 

  • Is it coincidence that the party for Juliet comes at a time that he has just suffered unrequited love?
  • Is it coincidence that Tybalt sees Romeo there?
  • Is it coincidence that Paris wants to marry Juliet before she is even fourteen, and at the same time that she falls in love with Romeo?
  • Is it coincidence that Mercutio is in a bad temper when he sees Tybalt in the streets of Verona?
  • Is it coincidence when Romeo appears?
  • Is it coincidence when Romeo is banished and a plague strikes Mantua?
  • Is it coincidence when Friar John gets to Mantua after Balthasar?
  • Is it coincidence that Paris is at the tomb of Juliet at the same time as Romeo?
  • Is it coincidence that the guards come just as Friar Laurence tries to tell Juliet to leave?
  • Is it coincidence that there are so many coincidences? Or are some of these coincidences fate for the "star-crossed lovers"? 

 

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

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I'll help you tackle the first one.

Thesis idea: Shakespeare uses characters, puns and irony in Romeo and Juliet to provide comic relief from the tragedy.

Mercutio and the nurse are the two most comical characters.  The play is just riddled with puns (oh look at me) and tons of verbal/situational irony, so examples shouldn't be hard to find.

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