Romeo and Juliet: Who is to Blame? Essay
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Many have said that romance brings love and affection, but when taken to the extreme, it can lead to tragedy and despair. Among the great literary tragedies, Romeo and Juliet may be the most famous of them all. The eternal feud between the Montegues and Capulets prohibits the love of Romeo and Juliet and ultimately results in their unfortunate deaths. It may be difficult to truly determine who is to blame for the tragedy, because their lives had been influenced, criticized, and controlled by many figures. Among the most important characters, Friar Lawrence enables the forbidden marriage of the two lovers and devises a plan to ensure that they end up together. On the other hand, Lord and Lady Capulet feed into the rivalry between the two…show more content…
With a flicker of hope that the marriage will work and end the feud, Friar Lawrence remarks that, "this alliance may so happy prove to turn [their] households' rancor to pure love" (II iv 91-92). The blame can be placed on Friar Lawrence because he cares too much for Romeo and Juliet and eventually takes an extreme and risky approach to facilitate their union.
Lord Capulet’s firm and merciless control can also be blamed for pushing his daughter to the extreme and ultimately her untimely death. When Juliet refuses to marry Paris, Lord Capulet proves his insensitivity, even threatening to disown his daughter and cast her to the streets if she does not obey his wishes. He warns her that she may “graze where [she] will, [she] will not house with [him]… for, by [his] soul, [he] will ne’er acknowledge [her]” (III v 200-205). These threats instill fear in Juliet, and in her despair, she seeks the advice of Friar Lawrence who gives her a potion that will make it appear as if she is dead the morning of the wedding. Lord Capulet can be blamed for his stubbornness and insensitivity despite his daughter’s sincere requests not to marry Paris.
Lady Capulet is even more inconsiderate of her daughter’s wishes than Lord Capulet. She had little role in raising her daughter that Juliet considers the nurse more of a mother than Lady Capulet. Lady Capulet shows her desire for revenge when
Students will outline the essay, using this graphic organizer to guide them. This is a truncated version of a synthesis essay I work on with my AP Language class. In it, they have to state a claim and back it up with evidence from both the play and a critical essay, which we read together and annotated last class. While this essay is opinion-driven, a successful essay must cite and comment on meaningful evidence.
First students will write their thesis, using their notes from last class as guidance. Before moving on, I will ask every student to share their thesis/precise claim (W.9-10.1a) with the whole class. Then we will tackle the counter-claim. I plan to review what we discussed last class while reading the Kerschen essay, namely that many people and factors attributed to the tragedy, so it is silly to argue that someone or something is solely responsible. The counter-claim will help them acknowledge this reality, while also stating that one person or thing may hold more responsibility than another (W.9-10.1b). After students develop their counter-claims, each person will share that sentence with the group. This process is beneficial in a few ways. First, it builds confidence. It's good to share work that makes you proud, especially in a supportive atmosphere. Sharing also fosters intellectual growth. When students hear how others voice their claims, they may be inspired to make theirs even better.
We have written several long compositions this year and even more shorter, but equally substantial essays, so my students are ready for this assignment. Their writing has improved throughout the year, so I added a few elements to this essay in order to continue to challenge them. The first addition is a second source. So far, students have only quoted from one text, but for this essay, they will cite two sources. However, I think this will be a fairly painless transition. I expect that the trickiest part of this essay will be the counter-argument, which we have not worked on yet. The graphic organizer that we will work on today helps them write a basic counter-argument by starting the sentence for them (W.9-10.1b). Once we begin writing, we will incorporate this counter-argument into the the introductory paragraph and refute it with a strong thesis statement. Throughout the essay, students will work to prove their thesis and discredit the opposing view.