Romeo and Juliet Essay Prompts

Prompt 1. Identify the one character most responsible for the tragedy. Give several compelling examples to prove your thesis. Thesis: Friar Lawrence is most responsible for the tragedy because he gives Juliet the poisonous vile and carelessy hands is trsut to someone else by making them in charge of delivering the letter to Romeo.Quote 1: “…If, rather than to marry County Paris,/ Thou hast the strength log will to [slay] thyself,/…And if thou darest, I’ll give thee thy remedy” (Romeo and Juliet 183).Quote 2: “…Take thou this vial, being then in bed,/…A cold and drowsy humor; for no pulse/ Shall keep his native progress, but to surcease” (R&J 183).Quote 3: “In this resolve, I’ll send a friar with speed/ to Mantua with my letters to thy lord” (R&J 185).Quote 4: “I could not send it – here it is again -/ Nor get a messenger to bring it thee” (R&J 219).
Prompt 2: A theme that threads through Romeo and Juliet is the motif of haste verses patience. Prove how “haste” is responsible for the deaths of both teenagers. Thesis: Haste is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet because their impulsiveness ultimately leaves to permanent consequences.Quote 1: “…Did my heart love till now? Foreswear it, sight/ For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (Romeo and Juliet 53).Quote 2: “Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged!/ Give me thy sin again” (R&J 59).Quote 3: “Th’ exchange of one’s faithful vows for mine” (R&J 77).Quote 4: “…Henceforth I never will be Romeo” (R&J 71).
Prompt 3: What irresponsibility did Romeo display through the choices he made? Choose two of his pivotal decisions and discuss how his choices were irresponsible. Offer suggestions for alternative behaviors. Thesis: Romeo displayed many flaws, but his most irresponsible choices was his impulsive obsession with love and his impulsiveness that led to his suicide.Quote 1: “…Did my heart love till now? Foreswear it, sight/ For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (Romeo and Juliet 53).Quote 2:”Th’ exchange of one’s faithful vows for mine” (R&J 77).Quote 3: “…Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” (R&J 227).Quote 4: “…A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear/ As will disperse itself through all the veins” (R&J 215).

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