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R&J Homework #1:
Write a new scene or a new ending to the play. Be sure to use Iambic Pentameter and Rhyming Couplets throughout the entire scene.
A New Ending to Romeo & Juliet (This takes place right after Romeo has killed Tybalt.) Scene 1- A Street in Verona (Romeo and Benvolio enter) ROMEO: Alas, yond Tybalt's blood hath spilled by me. Now, to escape my death, I'll have to flee. BENVOLIO: You're right my cuz- you are doomed if you stay. What can I do to help thee on thy way? ROMEO: Oh, thoughtful Ben, I need not anything. But wait- no, you could not my lady bring. Fair cuz, I'd fain you bring food for my flight. I'll wait for you inside the woods tonight. (exits) BENVOLIO: What's this? My cuz does want his lady, too? If Rosaline will consent, then I'll come through. Why, I won't be the one to bring his food, His lady Rosaline can go be wooed. (exits) Scene 2- Verona- Outside Rosaline's House (Rosaline enters) ROSALINE: Alas, it is too late to tell my love He's brighter than the shining stars above. When I'm with him, my heart begins to soar, But now he's gone away forever more. His swordsmanship won favor all around, But now he's gone away, Mantua bound! I'll think of him by minute, day, and year...
(Benvolio enters as the nurse happens to walk by; He begins speaking) BENVOLIO: I have good news that you'll be glad to hear! Before thy dear love Romeo did flee, He did request that I would bring him thee. ROSALINE: Oh pains now not of sorrow but of joy! Henceforth, now's not the time I shall be coy! NURSE:(to audience) Ay me! That awful Rosaline! How rude! My lady's husband she hath now pursued! Go now must I and tell my lady this: That never will she find eternal bliss! (exits) Scene 3- Verona- Capulet's House (Juliet is onstage, Nurse enters and begins speaking) NURSE: Poor Juliet, thy Romeo hast flown, A girl with him for he is not alone! This Rosaline loves Romeo and so, Away to find thy Romeo thee must go! JULIET: I've lost my love- and now she's gone with him?! That foul girl- I'll tear her limb from limb! I bid thee, Nurse, farewell, for I must go To find and rescue my dear Romeo. (begins to leave) NURSE: He's fled into the forest like a hareHe crouches nervously within his lair! Scene 4- Woods (a rabbit hops by Romeo onstage; Rosaline enters) ROMEO: Poor girl! I swear I didn't call for thee! It's Juliet I want to be with me!
ROSALINE: Alas! Ay me! You said you loved me true. Don’t you see that I want to be with you. (Juliet enters) JULIET: Back, fiendish girl! I've seen thine evil plan! I saw thee as the tried to steal my man. ROSALINE: What's this? Oh I did nothing of the sort! My Juliet, you are a jealous sport. Fair Romeo did love me much before he first saw youJULIET: But he loves you no more! For I love him and he loves only me! We'll be together for eternity. ROMEO: Dost thou now see why I must tell thee nay? Juliet and I were married yesterday! JULIET: So there! And now will you listen to me? This group should be a twosome, not of three. ROSALINE: Oh woe is me! My heart's first loveJULIET: is mine! (Paris enters) PARIS: Oh, Juliet! I'm glad you're safe and fine! What's this you say of Romeo and thee? You're to be married on Thursday to me! ROSALINE: Romeo, I'll kill myself if I'm not yours!
PARIS: Wait, don't- you are as pretty as the stars! The silvery moon that peers down from the skies Compares not with your beauty in my eyes. I've never seen such beauty all my lifeSince Juliet left me I now need a wife... ROSALINE: What? Me? A wife? Oh yes, oh yes I say! PARIS: Now I'll still have my wedding on Thursday! Now, back to Verona and our new life. Sweet Rose, I yearn for you to be my wife. (Rosaline and Paris begin to leave) ROSALINE: Oh Paris dear, I am so glad we metDon't you think me prettier than Juliet? (They exit) JULIET: What's that?! ROMEO: Oh, never mind just let them be. They'll ne'er be happier than you and me. In Mantua, we'll live our new life Not as mortal foes, but as husband and wife. JULIET: We'll live together in eternal bliss Oh what a happy ending now is this!
R&J Homework #2:
Rewrite Friar Lawrence's speech at the end of the play (this speech was not in the movie) where he was tells the story of why they died.
Romeo and Juliet were husband and wife. I married them , but on the day that they were married, Tybalt was killed which banished Romeo from Verona. When Juliet cried, it was Romeo she was crying for, not Tybalt. To help cheer her up, you were going to have her marry Paris. She then came to me and begged me to help her get rid of Paris or she would commit suicide there and then. I gave her a sleeping potion which made her look dead as I had intended. Meanwhile, I wrote to Romeo, telling him to come here tonight to help take her from the grave. At the time we would arrive, the potion would wear off and she would awaken. But Friar John, who was supposed to be taking the letter to Romeo was delayed and didn’t make it. Last night he brought my letter back. Then when I was here alone, at the hour she was supposed to wake I came to take her from the vault and keep her in my cell until I could call Romeo. But when I got here at the time she was supposed to awaken, I found Paris and Romeo lying there dead. When she awoke I tried to convince her to come with me and deal with their deaths calmly. All of a sudden, a noise scared me from the tomb. She was so desperate that she would not go with me. But as it seems , she killed herself. I know all of this , and so does Juliet’s nurse. If you think that it is necessary, you can execute me in accordance to the law.
R&J Homework #3:
Write a brief essay explaining Romeo’s line: "Worse posion to men’s souls in these poor compounds that thou mayest not sell. I hath sold thou poision, thou hast sold me none."
Essay Response: Romeo has given the apothecary his money for the poison so he can die with Juliet. He says that money is worse than poison because it causes so many problems and that instead of the apothecary giving Romeo the poison, Romeo has given the poison to the apothecary. I agree with Romeo that money can be worse than poison if used in a bad way. A lot of murders, robberies, deceptions, and kidnappings happen because of money. If there were no money, there would probably not be as much greed. With no money there probably not be as much greed. Also if there were no money people might not be judged by how they look or how much money they have. One reason I agree with Romeo is money causes so much crime. If there were no money there would not be nearly as much murder, kidnapping or robbery. There wouldn’t be ransom notes because there wouldn’t be any money to ask for. there wouldn’t be as much murder either because a lot of murder takes place due to wanted inheritance or just a quick way of getting money fast without having to deal with banks. People who murder, kidnap, or participate in any type of crime are just greedy people with low self esteem. I think that money is part of the reason that people are popular or not. People who have a lot of money are sometimes popular and some people who are greedy like them for only that reason. Also if people don’t have enough money for nice clothes they are sometimes not liked as much because they are judged by their looks and not their personality, which is not fair at all. Money has caused bigger and bigger problems throughout time. Even many years ago money was a problem because of greedy people wanting more money and power. Money and greed kept the Montague and Capulet apart which caused problems for Romeo and Juliet leading to their death. If money was used properly this would not have happened.
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