Romeo & Juliet EssayQ1. I am writing a paraghraph on the religion in romeo and juliet. My point in the essay is: What's The Point Of Styding Romeo & Juliet? So i have to state why the religion...

Romeo & Juliet Essay

Q1.

I am writing a paraghraph on the religion in romeo and juliet. My point in the essay is:

What's The Point Of Styding Romeo & Juliet?

So i have to state why the religion is important to know and learn via romeo and juliet...!

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Q2.

I have already written my paragragh on the lanugage shakespeare used and i need a qoute from rome and juliet that can represent it. advice? help?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The Catholicism of Shakespeare's play raises some interesting questions.  Since Shakepeare was supposedly a "closet Catholic" (some of his relatives were sent to the tower of London) as many were in the Elizabethan Age, is his portrayal of Friar Laurence's exceeding of his priestly role an indictment against the Church?  Or is it a disguising of his religious faith? Or, perhaps Friar Laurence acts as an example of the corruption in the Church?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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If your topic is "Why study Romeo and Juliet" I'm a little confused as to how the religion of the time period fits in with that topic.  Yes, religion plays a key role in the play.  It was certainly something very important during Shakespeare's time period.  The audience would have known and understood the relationship the characters had with the Friar.  Sometimes modern audiences miss certain nuances that Elizabethan audiences would have caught.  While I do think understanding the context and religion of the time period the play was written in will increase understanding, I'm not sure that proves why learning about Romeo and Juliet is important.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with other editors. Your essay does seem to be a bit confused based on the information you have given us. Why is religion relevant to the question you have picked? Anyway, to answer this question about religion you would need to think about how important religion was in those days and particularly how important concepts such as marriage were. This makes Juliet face a terrible dilemma when her father insists that she marries Paris, as she is already married. What should she do?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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I've often been intrigued by the family dynamics.  Juliet's relationship was common for the time, but far from what we'd call ideal.  Her nurse is more of a mother to her than her mom as well as her only true friend.  When her cousin dies she seeks to help her daughter by telling her to cheer up because her father has picked her out a husband.  What about the relationship with her father? Juliet is supposed to follow the traditional role of a daughter of the time.  She is to be quiet and follow the orders of her parents, even when they go against what she would want for her own life.

Even if she didn't love Romeo, is it any surprise that she would be ready to leave home?

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Perhaps you are trying to argue that in order to understand the play we need to study the play in its contexts, including its religious contexts.  If that is the argument you are trying to make, then you might try to defend these claims:

1. Religion was very important to the Elizabethans.

2. Their religious views would probably have influenced, in some way(s), their responses to the play.

3. Therefore it is important to study what their views actually were and how those views may have influenced their reactions to the play.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am a little confused about how your questions are related. Exactly what kind of essay are you writing here? As for the role of religion, I would say that the friar's role might be worth exploring. We need some more information here to tell you exactly.

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