ROMEO AND JULIET: SEMINAR/ARGUMENT TOPICS

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ROMEO AND JULIET: SEMINAR/ARGUMENT TOPICS
1. In the play, a developing theme of isolation occurs as the adults who influence
Juliet's life gradually betray her, at least in her eyes.
2. It has been said that "pride goeth before the fall". Discuss the theme of foolish
pride as an element of destruction in Romeo and Juliet. Consider Mercutio,
Romeo and Capulet.
3. The growth of Romeo: Romeo changes during the play from a self-centered and
melancholy child to a mature and outward looking man. Agree or disagree.
4. The Friar – meddling politician or compassionate friend? Discuss his motivation
with regard to his many plans for Romeo and Juliet.
5. Growth and change in Juliet: Juliet is a dynamic character who changes during the
course of the play. Agree or disagree.
6. To what extent are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their own downfall?
7. The use of foils to reveal Romeo's character: Romeo's character is partly
developed by foils or contrasting characters. Consider Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris
as foils to Romeo.
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