15 Points / Major Writing Grade
Due Wednesday March 18th
You are a newspaper reporter. You are given the assignment to write a detailed obituary for Mercutio or Tybalt.
Definition: Obituary : a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.
Obituaries usually tell
extent of education, occupation, in addition to the circumstances of death. An obituary should also include a list of relatives left to mourn the loss of a loved one.
Some of these things you will need to create out of your imagination based on the general setting that Shakespeare has provided. Obituaries have a “nice” photo or drawing of the character in question attached.
Challenge yourself to write this obituary as a sonnet.
This is not mandatory, but it is good to push yourself out of your comfort zone sometimes.
If you accept the challenge:
A sonnet has 14 lines, is written in iambic pentameter, and has a defined rhyme scheme (abab, cdcd, efef, gg).
As you write your obituary as a sonnet, you are to mark up the sonnet’s iambs and stressed and unstressed syllables clearly.
Other Details to Remember for All Obituaries:
MLA format, typed, double-spaced, spell-checked and proofread, drawing of character (with attention to color/shading), and finally: creativity is REQUIRED