Freshmen B: R&J Act 1 scene 4

So, Romeo’s a mopey emo mess because the woman he loves, Rosaline, wants to be a nun. What’s going to make Romeo feel better? His buddies Benvolio and Mercutio think crashing a Capulet party will do the trick so that Romeo can meet other women.

This is the first scene where we meet Mercutio, Romeo’s kind of wild and fun friend. This scene, while short, is important because we get to know Mercutio but we learn a little more about Romeo: what are his thoughts on fate and love and dreams — but especially fate? And how do they compare to Mercutio’s?

Take a look at Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech about a fairy who visits dreamers in their sleep and Romeo’s lines at the end of the scene where he says “my mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/Shall bitterly begin his fearful date” (I.4). Follow the directions on the link.

Your superhero essays were due Friday. Make sure I’ve got it.


Seniors: Looking at sample Macbeth essays

There’s no class tomorrow and we’ve decided on a work day for Thursday, and quite a few of you have met with me to go over over ideas (though just as many of you haven’t – get on that). Bring a laptop if you can for Thursday.

Today we looked at two essays per group, one good one and one not so good one. Essays 1-3 are examples worth following and 4 & 5 are ones to use to see what you could do differently: Sample essays – Macbeth

Take a look at what’s different about them. Aside from just a better grasp on using evidence to support their arguments, essays 1-3 are written better because the sentences are argumentative and all have a point. They are clear and concise, probably because they’re avoiding “to be” verbs (are, is, were, was, etc.) and being clear about who and what they’re talking about — you’ll find very little “him”, “her”, “they”, and “who” in essays 1-3.