Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

PLOT BASED ESSAY Thesis: In the play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, the characters violate the public/universal laws of Verona, social customs of the time (the Middle Ages) and the specific family traditions of the Montagues and Capulets. In doing so, they contribute to the tragic circumstances of the play. Outline: Introductory Paragraph: Provide a hook. Restate the thesis provided above. Mention the name of the play, underline it or place it in italics -not both, and William Shakespeare’s name. First Supporting Paragraph: Provide a topic sentence that identifies the public/universal laws about which you intend to write. Provide three specific examples that support/prove the violation of these public laws. Provide one quotation from the play. Provide a concluding sentence. Second Supporting Paragraph: Provide a topic sentence that identifies the social customs of the time about which you intend to write. Provide three specific

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