Romeo and Juliet: ACT I In-class Timed Writing Assignment
· Read the list of questions.
· Choose two of the topics.
· Write one well-developed paragraph per topic.
Remember to include:
Facts and details to support your topic
Explanation linking the facts and details to your topic
You may consider / discuss how the topic relates to Romeo and Juliet.
1. Do you believe that it is possible to “forgive and forget”?
2. What is your opinion of the death penalty? When, if ever, should it be used?
3. How should laws be made in a community?
4. How important is family pride to you? How important is it in other cultures or in other time periods you have studied?
5. Which is more important: The rights of the individual or the rights of a community?
6. How long do you hold a grudge for? Why?
7. What solutions are possible to stop gang violence in our society?
All of these questions can be focused back on the following section: (I.i.74-96).
Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,
Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,--
Will they not hear? What, ho! you men, you beasts,
That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
With purple fountains issuing from your veins,
On pain of torture, from those bloody hands
Throw your mistemper'd weapons to the ground,
And hear the sentence of your moved prince.
Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets,
And made Verona's ancient citizens
Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments,
To wield old partisans, in hands as old,
Canker'd with peace, to part your canker'd hate:
If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.
For this time, all the rest depart away:
You Capulet; shall go along with me:
And, Montague, come you this afternoon,
To know our further pleasure in this case,
To old Free-town, our common judgment-place.
Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.
Complete Act 1
Read "A True Italian Tragedy". Compare to what we have read in Romeo and Juliet so far.