Topic: Romeo and Juliet literature assignment


You have to choose a character from Romeo and Juliet and write a persuasive essay on why the chosen character was contributed to Romeo and Juliet’s death.

Duration 5-8 minutes Planning time: One week’s notice
Mode Spoken Length: 5-8 minutes
Individual/ group Individual Seen/unseen Seen – one week’s
notice. You must script
and present a spoken
Other • Genre: Persuasive Spoken
• Purpose: to justify; to persuade
• Audience: Legal professionals and jury
Prince Escalus has ordered an inquest into the recent deaths of Romeo and Juliet and you, a
character from the play, have been called to give evidence.
In-role as a supporting character from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, you are to deliver a
persuasive speech arguing the extent to which you were a contributing factor in the deaths of the
eponymous characters.
To complete this task, you must:
• Explain your relationship to Romeo and/or Juliet;
• Analyse the role of your beliefs, values and attitudes in leading to their deaths;
• Justify and defend (if necessary) your actions, drawing on evidence from the text;
• Analyse how you have been represented in order to justify your position;
• Argue and evaluate the extent to which your character is guilty/innocent in contributing
towards their deaths (this means persuading the audience that the way you represent
yourself is valid);
• Draw on aesthetic features found in the text.

Type of service-Academic paper writing
Type of assignment-Essay
Pages / words-2 / 550
Number of sources-5
Academic level-High School
Paper format-MLA
Line spacing-Double
Language style-AU English

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