“Romeo and Juliet” Essential Questions 1) At what age are boys/girls mature enough to handle a relationship/marriage? 2) In what ways do little decisions/choices affect our lives and our big achievements/responsibilities/tragedies? 3) What are the components of a tragedy and how are they used in “Romeo and Juliet”? 4) How does the cause-effect relationship work and how does it relate to the events leading up to the tragic end of the play? 5) How does Shakespeare use language apart from other writers to make him stand out? 6) How does Shakespeare explore and portray the parent-child relationship and how it affects the child in the play?