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PAPER 2: ROMEO & JULIET

Section A: Discuss the extent and impact of the Nurses role in the
plays tragedy
Question Requirements:
Describe Nurse and her character in the play
Positive/Negative character traits and attributes
Her influence and responsibility for the plays tragedy
Introduction: Essay should introduce the argument that student will be
making for this question. What will this essay be arguing/discussing?
e.g. The focus of this essay will be on the Nurse and her guilt/responsibility for
the tragedy. How will this essay prove and support this argument?
Nurse world wisely, mother-figure to Juliet and her great love for Juliet. But
can this positive trait of love also become a negative trait under the
circumstances? After all, it is her love for Juliet which could be said to lead to
the tragedy. Need to provide support to prove the points of her guilt or her
innocence
Events the Nurse is involved in:
Helps Juliet arrange wedding by going to meet Romeo to arrange their
rendezvous with each other
Keep Juliets relationship and marriage to Romeo a secret from the
Capulets
After Romeo is banished, she creates the opportunities for them to
meet
Prepares the wedding bed and the means by which Romeo will be able
to enter Juliets chamber
Abandons Juliet in her time of need
Informs Juliet she should give up on Romeo and washes her hands off
their relationship
Explore and explain how each event leads to the tragedy of the lovers deaths
3 Different perspectives to take toward the Nurses role
1. Positive
It is not the Nurses fault
She facilitates the couples actions. She helps out in ways that they
would have found someone else to do if not for her
2. Negative
It is the Nurses fault
She is responsible for the tragedy, the couple would not have died if
not for her
3. Balanced
Prepared by Mr. Brennan Kwa (T4 2013)
Edgefield Secondary

The Nurse is partly to blame but it is not completely her fault


Other parties are also to blame

Section B: Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly.


Explore two moments in the play where Shakespeare examines the
issue of constancy.
Question Requirements:
Explain and define constancy in the context of Shakespeares Romeo
& Juliet
Describe constancy
Provide 2 moments in the play which illustrate constancy
Introduction: Essay should introduce the argument that student will be
making for this question. What will this essay be arguing/discussing?
e.g. Focus on constancy, explain it and define Shakespeares depiction of it
Explain the context of the quote on constancy (Juliet to Romeo about
the nature of love)
What is constancy?
o Reliability, consistency, trustworthiness
Events which illustrate constancy
Mercutios character, unlike Romeo, Mercutio stays true to himself
throughout the play, he never changes
Juliet stays true to Romeo even after he is banished
Romeo is prepared to risk death to stay with Juliet after their wedding
night is over and the morning arrives
Juliet chooses to fake her death rather than marry Paris and be
unfaithful to Romeo
Romeo travels to Verona to die with Juliet
Explore and discuss the significance of the events and how they depict
the issue of constancy
Section C: Passage-Based Question
Question Requirements:
Section C Part 1
Close reading of passage, answer questions using content and
material from the included passage
Focus on how Shakespeare makes the passage so dramatic as the
lovers must take their leave from each other after their marriage has
been consummated
Section C Part 2
Focus on other parts of the novel where Shakespeare depicts the
longing and sorrow of the two lovers
Do not reuse quotes and points from the provided passage

Prepared by Mr. Brennan Kwa (T4 2013)


Edgefield Secondary

Introduction: Essay should introduce the argument that student will be


making for this question. What will this essay be arguing/discussing?
e.g. How does Shakespeare make the sorrow and longing of the couple so
dramatic in the play?
(i) In what ways does Shakespeare make this passage such a dramatic
moment?

Shakespeare presents the two lovers different points of view


Even as Juliet wishes Romeo to stay, she also knows that he must
go
On Romeos part, this same sense of conflict is also present as he
veers between wanting to know and knowing he must leave
We witness the couples sorrow at their parting
Language, form and contradiction add further layers of meaning to
the passage

(ii) Explore two other moments in the play where Shakespeare depicts the
longing and sorrow of Romeo and Juliet.

Continuing from part 1 of the question, this part of the question


discusses the issue of the couples sorrow and longing

Events which depict their longing and sorrow


Juliets anxiety as she waits for the Nurse to return with news about
Romeo
Juliets grief on finding out the death of Tybalt by Romeos hands but
nonetheless deciding to believe and trust in him nonetheless
Romeos discussion with Friar Lawrence on the nature of his love for
Juliet
Romeos attempted suicide
Juliets attempted suicide
Romeos actual suicide
Explore/discuss each events significance and how they relate to the issue of
sorrow and longing of the couple

Prepared by Mr. Brennan Kwa (T4 2013)


Edgefield Secondary

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