3.11.2014

|Socratic Seminar + Essay Reflection| Romeo and Juliet: Act 5

Seminar Reflection
The last Socratic Seminar of the unit was not our best but nonetheless, we still had a few pretty solid ideas.  The first point we brought up was the ending of the play and how happy it was. The way the Capulets and the Montagues were talking about achieving peace by giving each other golden statues of their dead children was a big contrast to the scene of Romeo and Juliet's deaths before. This brought up the question of the necessity of Romeo and Juliet's death. If the only thing the two families needed to do was make statues to achieve peace then Romeo and Juliet's deaths were unnecessary as they did not bring the big positive change in Verona we were all waiting for. We also suggested that this peace the families have established was a part of Friar Lawrence's plan all along. We stated that perhaps Friar Lawrence was aware of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and it was part of his master plan to end the family feud. However this is questionable because it seems completely out of the Friar's character. The role of fate in the play was also brought up. The characters all blame the tragic events on fate however there are clearly areas where the characters could have acted differently and changed the outcome of their actions. The death of Romeo and Juliet was not entirely due to fate and destiny because the feud, their rash personalities, and many other factors also play into the result of their forbidden relationship.

Essay Reflection

Although I did fairly well on the latest writing assessment there are still areas to improve on. An obvious part I need to add to my writing is a concluding sentence to tie all the loose ends together. The organization of the evidence and support in my paragraph has improved since last time but I need to work on creating a stronger argument. I had two ideas in my paragraph which I should not only narrow down to one but make sure the one I am using is the more sold argument.

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