R&J Characters

Character Role Task

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Character Essay Topics

Choose one of the following character-based essay topics and write a 500-600 word essay.

1. At the end of Romeo and Juliet the Prince says: 'Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished' (V, iii, 307). Whom do you think should be pardoned and who punished?
2. "The blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet ultimately rests with Friar Laurence." Do you agree?
3. Was "their parents' strife" the reason for the love between Romeo and Juliet proving to be fatal?
4. Apart from clashing with Tybalt, what role does Mercutio have in the story? Is he merely a colourful supporting character there for his comic relief, or does he serve a more serious purpose?
5. Compare and contrast the characters of Mercutio and Tybalt. Why does Mercutio hate Tybalt?
6. “Lord Capulet was a good father that only had the best interests of his daughter in mind.” Do you agree?

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