Sunday, November 23, 2008

Work Cited

Act 1, Scene 1
"Romeo and Juliet - Fight in streets". November 2008.
Act 2, Scene 2
"Romeo and Juliet - Balcony Scene". November 2008.
Act 3, Scene 1
"Romeo and Juliet - Act 3, Scene 1". July 2008. November 2008.
Act 4, Scene 1
"Friar Laurence gives Juliet the potion". November 2008.
Act 5, Scene 3
"Romeo and Juliet both dead". 3 November 2008. November 2008.

Act 5, Scene 3

Oh, today must have been the worst day in Verona. My cousin Romeo, dead, along with his wife Juliet. My aunt dead from the grief of her son's banishment, and young Paris killed by Romeo. As I was walking along, minding my own business, I overheard Friar Laurence tell the Prince everything that had happened over the past week. He told the Prince about the marriage, the potion, the faked death and Romeo coming back from Mantua to save Juliet, only Romeo did not receive the letter. When I heard all this, my heart skipped a beat. I felt that I should have stopped Romeo from marrying Juliet, I knew that all of this would have a horrible ending. When I heard Montague say that Lady Montague had passed away, I felt horrible inside. I also felt really bad for Montague because his wife and son both died and he was left alone in this cruel world. I felt like nothing could make this day better.

"I brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's jointure,

for no more can I demand." said Capulet.

"But I can give thee more; for I will raise her statue in pure gold;

That whiles Verona by that name is known, there shall no figure at such rate be set

as that of true and faithful Juliet." said Montague.

"As rich shall Romeo's by his lady's lie,

poor sacrifices of our enmity!" said Capulet.

Until I heard this, I felt like nothing could make this day get better. I felt like it was Romeo and Juliet's destiny to die like this. It was then that I realized that if none of this ever happen, then the ancient grudge between the Montague's and the Capulet's would never end. I think that when Montague and Capulet said this, they realized this also. Maybe now in Verona, there will be no more fighting, for many lives have been taken and many have grieved for too long. Maybe this new found friendship between Capulet and Montague will set Verona back to its original state.

Act 4, Scene 1

While I was taking a walk today, I noticed that a lot of people were whispering and had shocked faces, I asked someone what had been going on and what I heard was really shocking! Paris was marrying Juliet on Thursday! Can you believe it? I mean, I thought Romeo was married to Juliet. Now I hear that Juliet is going to marry Paris! Verona is becoming a very strange place. So many questions were going through my head at this point. Does Romeo know about this? How can Juliet agree to such a marriage? Should I write a letter to Romeo explaining what is happening? I did not know which question to answer first. I did not know what to do, so I went to see the holy friar. When I got to the church, I saw the friar talking to Juliet. I did not want anyone to see me so I quickly hid. I overheard Juliet telling Friar Laurence that she did not want to marry Paris, and that she wants to kill herself. I then heard the Friar tell Juliet to calm down because he has a plan. He handed her a bottle, and told her that if she drank the potion tonight then she would appear dead and then her wedding would be cancelled. Then the Friar told Juliet that he would write a letter explaining everything to Romeo, and that Romeo would then come to take Juliet to Mantua, where they can live their lives in peace. I quickly ran, because Juliet was walking toward the doors. I was so confused and shocked about all the news, I could not go speak to the Friar.

"Love give me strength! and strength shall help afford."

I think Juliet said this because she fears that the plan may not work, so she asks love to give her strength to make the plan work. I feel that this shows that Juliet really loves Romeo. I think by willing to sacrifice everything for Romeo, by faking her death, and leaving her family and friends back to live with Romeo in Mantua, shows that she truly loves him. I also think that if this plan does not work, then great chaos will be made and the ancient grudge between the family will only get stronger.

Act 3, Scene 1

Yesterday was honestly one of the worst days of my life! My good friend Mercutio was killed, and my cousin was banished! As Mercutio and I were walking on the hot, hot streets of Verona, Tybalt, a Capulet approached us in search for Romeo. Mercutio decided to anger Tybalt for the fun of it. Just as Mercutio and Tybalt were going to draw their swords, Romeo appeared. Tybalt told Mercutio that he has peace with Mercutio, because it is Romeo whom he does not have peace with. As Tybalt called Romeo a villain, Mercutio began to become angry. This caused Mercutio to fight with Tybalt. They drew their swords, and Tybalt had slain Mercutio. Mercutio's last words were "a plague o' both your houses!" Oh! poor, poor Mercutio, only a victim of the ancient grudge of two households, he was not apart of. Romeo, now furious, went after Tybalt, they drew their swords and fought. Romeo had slain Tybalt as revenge for killing Mercutio. This was a bad move for the Prince had said the next person to cause a fight in the streets of Verona, would die. Realizing this, I told Romeo to run away. The Prince had arrived at the scene and I explained everything to him, as a punishment for killing Tybalt, Romeo was banished, and if he was seen in Verona, he would be killed.

"Tybalt, the reason that I love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting.
Villain I am none; Therefore farewell; I See thou know'st me not"

When I heard Romeo say this to Tybalt, I immediately thought about the night before, when I overheard Romeo and Juliet talking about their marriage. I thought that maybe the reason Romeo said this was because he married Juliet and if he were to hurt Tybalt, he would technically be hurting his family. I felt a little upset that Romeo did not tell me about his marriage, we used to tell each other everything. I think that if Romeo told me about everything, maybe we could have found a way together to tell everyone, that way Mercutio would not have died and neither would Tybalt. Sometimes I feel that Romeo feels like he has to keep everything to himself.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Act 2, Scene 2

Today the most outrageous thing happend! While I was walking around the Capulet property, looking for my cousin Romeo, I heard a few voices from above. I quickly hid in the bushes so that no one would find me. I heard two voices, one of a male and one of a female. The two talked about their love for each other and the girl had asked the guy to swear his love. Only then did i realize that the two that were talking were Romeo and Juliet, daughter of Capulet. As Romeo swore his love by the moon, Juliet stopped him and told him that the moon was forever changing, therefore their love would always change. Juliet had asked Romeo to prove that he loved her by marrying her. Romeo had told Juliet to send a messanger so that he could tell her when and where their marriage would be preformed. All this news had shocked me tremendously. How could Romeo marry Juliet? This marriage is going to cause a great riot in the streets of Verona! These were the questions and thoughts that were going through my head.

"I take thee at thy word. Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized;

Henceforth I never will be Romeo."

When I overheard Romeo say this to Juliet, I felt that maybe Romeo really did love Juliet. I had questioned if he really did love Juliet, because only a few days ago, Romeo had been telling me that he loved Rosaline so much, but she could not love him back. When Romeo said these few words, it showed me that Romeo was willing to do anything for Juliet, even change who he was. I think this shows the Romeo has developed and become more mature. He is willing to marry Juliet and start a new life with her. I feel that Romeo should tell his father about this marriage first, I feel that only bad things will come by keeping this marriage a secret. I also feel that this marriage could end the ancient grudge between the two households. I guess I am just going to have to wait and see.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Act 1, Scene 1

My name is Benvolio and I am a Montague. For many years now, the Montague's and the Capulet's have been angry at each other. Today I am going to tell you about an incident that happened in the streets of Verona to prove that not only the Montague's and Capulet's fight each other but the servants also do so. As I was walking through the streets, two Capulet servants were having a discussion, when two Montague servants walk by. Sampson and Gregory, servants of the Capulet house, decide to bite their thumb at Balthasar and Abraham, servants of the Montague house. The Montague servants approached the Capulet servants and asked them if they bite their thumb at Abraham and Balthasar. This causes the servants to draw their swords and fight. I stepped in immediately to stop the fight, for I believe in peace. Only then did Tybalt enter, who only wanted the fighting to continue. Soon enough we began to fight. Capulet and Montague come running in and also begin to fight. The streets of Verona have become a battle ground for the two households. As everyone was fighting, the Prince entered and was so upset at this dispute that he said that the next person to cause a fight in the streets of Verona shall face the consequence of death.

I agree with the consequence the Prince has made for two reasons. Firstly, because I feel that the fighting between the two households should stop. Secondly, because it is not the first time the Montague's and the Capulet's have disturbed the streets. I think that by the two households fighting the citizens of Verona are affected tremendously.

"Rebellious subjects, enemies of peace, profaners of this neighbour-stained steel" said the Prince.

I think the Prince said this because he knows that the Montague's and the Capulet's will never stop fighting and they will rebel against each other. I think this shows that the Prince is upset about the fighting that is going on, and wants to put it to an end.