Romeo and Juliet inclass essay. Three points to write about?I have to write an in class essay about Romeo and Juliet. Thesis: Shakespeare, like all authors, has used a range of conventions to...

Romeo and Juliet inclass essay. Three points to write about?

I have to write an in class essay about Romeo and Juliet.


Thesis: Shakespeare, like all authors, has used a range of conventions to position us to feel particular ways about themes in Romeo and Juliet. Discuss the main themes and how he has used characterisation and dialogue to position us.

Can anyone tell me three points to write about in the essay?
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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Well - looking at the prompt - it seems you do not actually have many options for how to set up this essay.  Consider that a well written 5 paragraph essay has 3 body paragraphs.  From this prompt - I'd focus each body paragraph on a different theme.  So the first thing you need to brainstorm is ideas for themes.  So start with some of the main subjects of the play: love/relationships, secrets/lies, fighting/violence, hasty decision making, youth, etc.  The list could certainly go on - and likely, some of these ideas could be combined.

Decide on three of the above "theme subjects."  Then brainstorm a list under each - of examples through dialogue and characterization (which simply means the development/description of different characters) that pertain to that theme subject.  When you have a good list under each theme subject, read it over.  Through the examples brainstormed, what does it seem like Shakespeare is trying to say about that theme subject?  Whatever the answer is to that question - make it the focus of each body paragraph.  Only include the most relevant examples from your brainstormed list (I'd pick two good ones).

To give you a quick body paragraph outline, I'd probably do something along these lines (sentence by sentence).

One theme subject Shakespeare develops through dialogue and characterization is ______________.  This is shown when [example 1].  This means that [explain example 1].  This same idea is also shown when [example 2].  This example proves that [explain example 2].  Therefore, [answer to: "What is Shakespeare trying to say about theme subject 1?].

If you followed that basic plan for each body paragraph, but inserted the different theme subjects and examples, the body of your paper would be well organized.  Then, add a logical introduction and conclusion.

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teachertaylor | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The audience for Romeo and Juliet is positioned to feel pity for the young lovers as they battle against their families' conflicts.  The play opens with specific information on the long-held conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues, and Romeo and Juliet are posited in the middle of the strife.  They cannot understand the reasons why their families are at odds, and they do not let this stand in their way.  Readers/viewers feel sympathy for the pair as they go to all lengths to be together.  Their death is the ultimate comment on the pointlessness of the families' strife.  So, this is one angle that you can use when approaching the play and a discussion on theme and characterization.

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