Critical Lens Essay For Romeo And Juliet

ESSAY DUE: Monday, April 15th (typed, double-spaced, 5 paragraphs)

Critical Lens Essays

Checklist

Did you

ü  Mention the title and author? (intro)

ü  Explain what the quote means in your own words? (intro)

ü     Agree or disagree with the quote? (intro)

ü  Supported your opinion using examples from the play? (body)

ü  Make specific reference to literary terms (for example: theme, characterization, setting, point of view, irony, etc.) to prove your point? (body)

ü    Organize your ideasin a four to five-paragraph structure? (intro,2-3 body, conclusion)

TIP: start your introduction with the quote!

Introduction:

Here is a formula for writing the critical lens introduction.

          According to J.K. Rowling, "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." This statement means _______________. This statement is (true or false) because _____________________. Two characters that support this idea in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare are ____________ and ________________. Last sentence: something about the literary elements you will use….characters, events, etc. that support it, WITHOUT being too specific. (For example...Both of these characters make dishonest choices that lead to ironic events

and the play's ultimate tragedy.)

EXAMPLE:

       “Readers can learn as much about life from the villains of literature as from the heroes.” This quote means that people learn more from the bad guys in books than from the good guys. This is an incorrect statement. The hero in a story is there to BE an example of good behavior that readers can learn from, and try to be like. Two works of literature that support this statement are The Odyssey by Homer, and “Tortoise Weeps” by Marella Sands. Readers learn much more about proper behavior from Odysseus and Frog Spring than they do from the villains in these two stories.

Body Paragraphs:

1)         HAVE AT LEAST TWO BODY PARAGRAPHS, preferably THREE.

2)         OUTLINE your body paragraphs before writing.

3)         Use specific details from the story/novel/play/poem to support your ideas. I MUST be able to tell that you’ve read and understood the piece of literature that you’re talking about!

Conclusion: restate titles, authors, Critical Lens, and wrap up your essay with a new thought.

 

Romeo and Juliet Critical Lens Outline

1. Intro

-State quote

-Interpret

-Agree or Disagree

-State two characters to be discussed

-Thesis statement: tie characters together, incorporate literary element,
create focus, make statement about their choices

2. Body (1st character)

-Re-word thesis as it relates to first character

-Example 1: Choice

   - What choice did he/she make?

   - Why did he/she make this choice?

   - What happened as a result of this choice?

   - Was this a good choice or a bad choice? Why?

  

-Example 2: Choice

   - What choice did he/she make?

   - Why did he/she make this choice?

   - What happened as a result of this choice?

   - Was this a good choice or a bad choice? Why?

   -  Include literary element in discussion of character

          -DO NOT give definition but state term and example

          -Explain how technique contributes to the play

3. Body (2nd character)

-Re-word thesis as it relates to first character

-Example 1: Choice

   - What choice did he/she make?

   - Why did he/she make this choice?

   - What happened as a result of this choice?

   - Was this a good choice or a bad choice? Why?

 

-Example 2: Choice

   - What choice did he/she make?

   - Why did he/she make this choice?

   - What happened as a result of this choice?

   - Was this a good choice or a bad choice? Why?

   -  Include literary element in discussion of character

          -DO NOT give definition but state term and example

          -Explain how technique contributes to the play

4. Conclusion

    - Re-state thesis

    - Lessons to be learned from characters' choices

    - Lessons to be learned about choices in general

 

-Choose any speech from the play. Selction must be at least 7 lines.

-Write/type the selection. Hand the selection in with a pargraph that explains why you've chosen this selection, its meaning, its importance.

-Also, write how you would like to recite your memorization. You can recite in class, during post-session, or during another free period we have in common. You can also opt to write down the speech, which will be done during post-session.

-You must make your selection by Friday, April 5th.

 

Some suggested scenes...

 

The Prologue (Act 1)

Prince's Speech (Act 1, scene 1, lines 83-105)

Romeo on Love and Hate (Act 1, scene 1, lines 176-188)
Lady Capulet on Paris (Act 1,  scene 3, lines 85-100)

Mercutio's Queen Mab (Act 1, scene 4, lines 59-100)

Romeo on First Sight of Juliet (Act 1, scene 5, lines 50-60)

Romeo at Balcony (Act 2, scene 2, lines 2-26)

Juliet at Balcony (Act 2, scene 2, lines 41-52)

Friar in Garden (Act 2, scene 3, lines 1-31)

Juliet Waiting for Nurse (Act 2, scene 5, lines 1-17)

Benvolio at Fight (Act 3, scene 1, lines 160-184)

Juliet Waiting for Romeo (Act 3, scene 2, lines 1-33)

Juliet on Romeo-oxymoron (Act 3, scene 2, lines 79-91)

Capulet on Juliet (Act 3, scene 5, lines 187-207)

Juliet on Paris (Act 4, scene 1, lines 78-90)

Friar's Plan (Act 4, scene 1, lines 91-122)

Juliet on Potion (Act 4, scene 3, lines 15-60)

Romeo on Dream (Act 5, scene 1, lines 1-17)

Romeo in Vault (Act 5, scene 3, lines 84-120)

 

*You are not limited to these suggestions. Most of the speeches are much longer than the required 7 lines. You must choose the 7 lines you wish to memorize from the longer speech. Recitations will be scheduled the week of April 15th.

 

 

Essay Critical Lens "Fear Is Simply the Consequence of Every Lie"

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Tony Cottone 11/23/12
English Critical Lens Essay

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s quote, “…fear is simply the consequence of every lie”, illustrates a feeling one gets when one is untruthful. When one lies, fear fully takes them over because they are unsure of what the outcome will be of their lie. They will be filled with fear and anxiety waiting to see how their action of being untruthful affects their environment and their life. From my experience of literature, I can comfortably agree with this idea. People who lie will experience some form of regret and develop anxiety from the fear that builds up. Many different novels illustrate this idea, including To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Romeo and Juliet…show more content…

Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she is to marry Paris. Juliet attends a ball. Romeo decides to go to the ball to see Rosaline. At the ball Romeo meets and falls in love with Juliet, only afterwards do they discover that their families are sworn enemies. Shakespeare uses metaphors to defend Dostoevsky’s idea. The Friar gives her a bottle containing substance which will make her appear dead for 48 hours. His plan is to write to Romeo so that he will be there when she wakes up. She develops a sense of fear and is very hesitant on taking this potion. Shakespeare uses detailed imagery and diction to express her feeling towards taking this potion. Juliet eventually takes the potion. Her family mourns her death. Romeo sees Juliet who he thinks is dead and poisons himself. Friar Lawrence arrives too late to save Romeo. Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead and kills herself with his dagger. The ending of this novel is affected by the lie Juliet tells by faking her own death. This results in the death of Romeo which therefore results into Juliet having regret and killing herself. Defending Dostoevsky’s statement, Romeo and Juliet is a great example of this specific quote. From studying literature such as Harper Lee and Shakespeare novels, I have discovered how fear directly relates to the telling of a lie. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Mayella Ewell lies in order to not be hated by all the people in Maycomb for liking a Black man. She is scared of what

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