Choose one of the following prompts and compose a persuasive essay arguing your belief. You must use direct evidence from the play in your essay. You should include direct quotes from the play and they must be properly cited. Your essay should be double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font and should be between 2 and 4 pages long.
Prompt 1: Throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet blame fate for all of the misfortune they experience. While some scholars agree with the tragic couple, others believe Romeo and Juliet’s poor decisions make them responsible for their own misfortunes. Choose a side and argue your viewpoint using evidence from the play.
Prompt 2: In the final scene, Prince Escalus says some will be punished and others will be pardoned for the fate of Romeo and Juliet. Obviously, Romeo and Juliet cannot be punished because they are already dead. Who do you believe should be punished for Romeo and Juliet’s fate? Possible choices include but are not limited to: Friar Lawrence, the Nurse, Lord and Lady Capulet. Using evidence from the play, write an essay which proves who should be punished for the tragic fate of Romeo and Juliet.
Prompt 3: Many see Romeo and Juliet as an example of true love. Others believe Romeo and Juliet were infatuated but not truly in love. Using evidence from the play, prove whether they were truly in love or were merely infatuated.
Helpful hints: • Your essay should have both in introduction paragraph and a conclusion. • Make sure you let the reader know in your introduction you will be discussing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. • Romeo and Juliet is a play, not a novel, book or story. Do not call it anything but a play. • You should have at least 3 strong arguments to support your point of view. • You should have at least 3 strong pieces of evidence from the play to support each argument. • You should have at least 1 direct quote as a piece of evidence for each argument. • The best, most effective persuasive essays address and dismiss the opposing viewpoint. • Get your facts straight! If you mention something from the play, make sure the information is accurate!
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