Romeo and Juliet Personal Reactions Journal Topics For each of the five acts in Romeo and Juliet you are to write a personal reaction to the events, themes and characters as they have been presented. The purpose of these reports is to provide you with the opportunity to reflect individually and relate to the actions of the play. There is no right or wrong answer, simply your opinions. For each act you must choose one topic. Each entry must be approximately half a page to 1 page in length and it should be typed, doubled-space. You do not need to hand in a rough copy, but your ideas should be clearly organized and easily understood. The journals for each act are due on the same day as the quiz for that act. Always refer to the play directly as you formulate your responses. Quotations must be identified by Act, scene and line. E.g. (1, 4, 98-99). Choose only one topic per Act. Act 1 If you were a character in this Act, what advice would you give Romeo? Write this in the form of a letter. What qualities do you look for in a friend? Whom would you prefer as a friend – Romeo or Mercutio? Why? Write this as a comparative response. Is Juliet’s response to her mother consistent with teenage girls today? Write this as a comparative/narrative response. Act 2 What kinds of Statements does Romeo make to Juliet about his love for her? Do you believe he is sincere? Write this as a persuasive response. What kind of advice do adults tend to give teenagers about falling in love? Draw a comparison between the Elizabethan era and today. Write this as an explanatory/narrative response. What does the expression “love is blind” mean to you? What is your reaction to teenagers getting married? Write this as a persuasive/explanatory response. Act 3 How do you feel about fighting as a way of settling differences? How do you feel about the fight in this act? Write this as a persuasive response. Juliet has a premonition in this act, just as Romeo did before he attended the Capulet party. Why do you think they both choose to ignore the warnings? Have you ever done something despite a “bad feeling”? Write this as a narrative response. Do you think the Capulets needed help understanding their daughter? What didn’t they understand and why? Write this in letter format. Act 4 Is Juliet being fair when she talks to Paris in scene 1? Discuss the way you would have handled a similar encounter. Write this as a persuasive response. What do you think causes Juliet to picture the terrible images that she uses in her soliloquy (scene 3, lines 14-58)? Is her subconscious speaking to her? Write this as an explanatory response. Capulet says. “And with my child my joys are buried”. What does this mean? Why did it take him so long to realize how much he loved his daughter? Write this as an explanatory response. Act 5 To what extent do you believe that fate determines what happens in the lives of us all? Write this as a narrative response. If you were Friar Laurence and couldn’t deliver your instructions to Romeo, what alternative courses of actions could you take? Explain what you would have done. Write this as an explanatory response. Express your feeling about the play as a whole. Write this as an explanatory response. Compare the characters of Romeo and Juliet. Who do you think is stronger, more sincere and courageous? Write this as a comparative response.
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