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.