Reflection: Flexibility Familial Tensions in Act 3, Scene 5 and How They Relate to Life - Section 4: Returning to Our Journals


We didn't write in journals today, but we did have a great conversation while reading. The class argued about whether or not Juliet should have just told her parents the truth, that she has already married their enemy. Telling the truth does seem reasonable, right? So many of my students insist that it is, that it would solve everything in the long run, even if it's really hard at first. I have to agree that this option is mature and reasonable. Yet, other students argued all the reasons why telling the truth would be devastating, that it wouldn't solve anything. They cited Lord Capulet's tyrannous insults and argued that any man who calls his only daughter "a mistake" and "baggage" would not just accept reality. Unfortunately, I think they are right. It was a really interesting conversation about trust. We always tell teens that honesty is the best policy-- and we are sincere!-- but it's specific examples, like this one, that forces us to question that advice.


Of course, we didn't really come to any consensus. But we all had to at least question our gut reactions and think about the plot in a new way.

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Familial Tensions in Act 3, Scene 5 and How They Relate to Life

Unit 16: Romeo and Juliet Act 3: Analysis of Character Development and Film to Text Comparisions
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text and interact with each other by comparing the Capulets to real tensions in families.

Big Idea: Who's the adult here: Juliet or her father?

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