Activity construct an argument about a topic, theme, or idea that you read about in william shakespeare's romeo and juliet, act ii or act iii. make sure you create a central claim for your argument that is debatable. provide textual evidence from the play to support your argument. here are some ideas for your essay. notice how each topic is focused and specific. you may write about one of these topics or choose your own focused and specific topic: discuss juliet's level of maturity and compare it to romeo's. compare how the two characters react to the events after their marriage, when romeo is banished from verona. discuss the balcony scene. does the knowledge of romeo and juliet's final fate influence the meaning of the balcony scene or the audience's interpretation of it? discuss the characters of tybalt and romeo as they relate to the theme of family and the theme of love. explain how the character of tybalt develops the theme of family and how the character of romeo develops the theme of romantic love. discuss the character of friar laurence. what motivates him to romeo and juliet to defy their parents? part a choose a topic based on what you read in act ii or act iii of romeo and juliet. then write a thesis statement. part b identify two or three short excerpts from the play as textual evidence to support your thesis statement. part c write a 300-word essay arguing the thesis of your analysis. (i mainly need on part b and c)
Discuss the character of Friar Laurence. What motivates him to help Romeo and Juliet to defy their parents?
Friar Lawrence is instrumental in the development of the plot, and an important force in bringing the lovers' fate about. It is difficult to definitely determine why Friar Laurence wants to marry the couple. However, it is likely that he hopes the marriage will end the feud between the families.
Both lovers repeatedly ask for his advice, and because he has good intentions, he often helps them. However, he is concerned about the consequences of his actions. This is shown when he says: "So smile the heavens upon this holy act That after-hours with sorrow chide us not." Nevertheless, he marries the couple and even tries to help the two of them escape.
Ultimately, the Friar hopes that his actions will end the feud between the two families. We learn this when he says: "For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancor to pure love." However, his plan backfires and instead of joining the two lovers, he ends up bringing about the tragedy of their deaths.
Juliet shows maturity by putting their needs before hers. After Juliet has arranged her 'death' with Friar Lawrence, she is an emotionally awoken woman who will do anything to be with the one she loves. 'And I will do it without fear or doubt, to live an unstained wife to my sweet love'. Juliet faces her fears and trusts in God and Friar Lawrence. She is forced to use trickery in order to stay true to dear Romeo. This showed remarkable courage. Before she takes the potion she uses a soliloquy that confronts all her fears. She speaks in blank verse showing the seriousness of the situation. When Juliet awakes to see a lifeless Romeo lying beside her, Juliet's maturity and loyalty takes over and she takes the decision to choose eternity over the present. The quotation ' Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! This is my sheath; there rust, and let me die.' Shows the quickness and determination of Juliet's death. During the period of a few days Juliet matures into a committed and reliable woman and wife, capable of taking decisions without the help of others. Shakespeare shows this by clearly stating the different stages that happen and by making everything occur in a short period of time